Leeds United are pushing very hard in their bid to sign Dinamo Zagreb defender Josko Gvardiol, according to 24Sata.
The Croatian news outlet claims that Leeds have had a £19.3million bid accepted by Dinamo for the 18-year-old but have ramped up their offer to £19.9million and included a 20 per cent sell-on clause because they’re so desperate to beat RB Leipzig to his signature.
And the twists don’t stop there because although Leeds feel as though Gvardiol, who’s only made 13 senior appearances in his career, is good enough to play in the Premier League, they only expect him to stay at Elland Road for one or two years.
Leeds feel that Gvardiol, who is currently recovering from a minor foot injury, has so much potential that clubs like Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea will want to sign him and help the Yorkshire giants turn a major profit.
Last week, 24Sata reported that Dinamo officials were left speechless by the serious amounts of money that Leeds were offering for Gvardiol due to his lack of first-team experience.
Dinamo clearly view Gvardiol as a good young player but the offers that Leeds are tabling are far in excess of what they were expecting.
Victor Orta and his team of scouts must have been absolutely blown away by what they saw of Gvardiol in his limited appearances last season.
It is a bit disappointing that Leeds only see Gvardiol as someone who can turn a profit for the club, which just shows that football these days is as much about business as it is results on the pitch.
But if Gvardiol turns out to be so good that the likes of Man City and Liverpool want to sign him, wouldn’t it be best for Leeds to hang onto the player?
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