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Leeds: Josip Brekalo can be their own Ivan Perisic

Leeds United could reignite their interest in a target that seems set to leave this January…

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That’s according to German publication Sport Bild, who notes that Josip Brekalo could be set to leave VfL Wolfsburg due to a lack of game time.

Although not explicitly mentioned in the report, the Whites’ interest in the summer of 2021 was well-documented. Battling with Everton, ex-manager Marcelo Bielsa was clearly keen on signing the Croatian to no avail.

Now, director of football Victor Orta could reignite his interest to benefit the new manager.

Could be Leeds’ own Perisic

By signing this tricky winger, it could draw comparisons with Tottenham Hotspur’s summer move for Ivan Perisic.

The 33-year-old joined as a serial winner, boasting a wealth of ability even if he was a declining commodity due to his age. He still ranks in the top 2% for assists and the top 4% for shot-creating actions despite this.

Enjoying finding himself in attacking positions and boasting the quality to find the man, he has been a relative success thus far for Antonio Conte as he boasts a 6.91 average rating in the Premier League.

Whilst nine years his younger, there is a similarity between the robust nature of Brekalo and his legendary compatriot.

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During his best season since moving to Germany, in the 2019/20 campaign, he recorded 14 goal contributions in what was his true breakout year.

The season following would then see him record a 6.97 average rating, as he would record 1.3 key passes per game alongside a 64% dribble success rate, via Sofascore.

His admirable defensive work rate to match is what further could draw comparisons with Perisic, as his 0.8 tackles per game suggest his willingness to work back despite his obvious talents.

Dubbed a “frightening” prospect for defenders by journalist Josh Bunting earlier in the year, this would be supplemented by Ronan Murphy’s claim that he is “able to unlock defences” and “torment defenders everywhere”. As a youngster, this could have been describing the former Inter Milan man.

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The £31k-per-week dynamo has struggled for form and minutes of late, so a move to England could come at the perfect time for the 24-year-old who still has an illustrious career ahead of him should he just reach out and grab it.