Leeds United are interested in a deal to bring Josko Gvardiol to Elland Road in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report by Football Insider, who claim that a Leeds source has revealed that Victor Orta and his transfer team have been keeping a very close eye on the RB Leipzig centre-back ahead of a potential move for the 20-year-old at the end of the current campaign.
However, despite Football Insider’s suggestion that the Bundesliga side value the Croatia international at a figure of around £27m, further reports have stated that Leipzig would in fact be demanding at least £42m in order to part with the defender this summer.
Considering just how impressive Gvardiol has been in Germany this season, in addition to the fact that the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United have all been linked with the centre-back in recent weeks, it is clear to see that, should Orta be able to get a deal over the line for the 20-year-old this summer, it would be a rather large coup for Leeds.
Indeed, over his 27 Bundesliga appearances this season, the £100m-rated defender has been imperious in the heart of Domenico Tedesco’s backline, helping his side keep six clean sheets, as well as making an average of 1.7 interceptions, 1.7 tackles, two clearances and winning 6.1 duels – at a success rate of 58% – per game.
The £21k-per-week Croat has also impressed in an attacking capacity, scoring two goals, providing two assists and creating four big chances for his teammates, in addition to making an average of 60.1 passes, 3.5 long balls and taking 0.9 shots per fixture.
These returns have seen the player who Germania Sport assistant editor Izak Ante Sucic dubbed a “tank” and claimed “can be as good as Virgil” van Dijk average a quite sensational SofaScore match rating of 7.12, ranking him as Leipzig’s joint third-best player in the top flight of German football.
Indeed, from his metrics so far this season, it is not difficult to see why Sucic suggests Gvardiol could go on to become as good as Van Dijk, nor is it hard to see why the 20-year-old’s signing would be a huge coup for Orta and the Whites.