Leeds United have made a bid for Dinamo Zagreb youngster Ivan Sunjic as doubts continue to swirl about the future of Kalvin Phillips, according to the Mail, although it remains to be seen if their offer is bigger than the £3.5 million put on the table by Birmingham City.
Leeds are yet to lose any of their star players despite throwing away their hopes of promotion last season but homegrown play-maker Phillips might be on his way out of Elland Road before the 2019/20 season kicks off.
It is no secret that Aston Villa are interested, though their initial £20 million offer falls £10 million short of Leeds’ valuation.
Yet if Villa do make a bid they cannot refuse, Leeds appear to have planned for life without Phillips.
Bosnian-born Croatia international Sunjic, who captained his country at the recent U21 European Championships, is a target for Leeds and Birmingham with The Mail claiming that both clubs have made bids so far.
A 22-year-old defensive midfielder, Sunjic made 24 appearances as Dinamo Zagreb cruised to the Croatian league title last season, finishing 25 points clear of Rijeka.
He’d certainly be a left-field replacement for Phillips but, given his potential and his ability to play anywhere in midfield, you can see why Marcelo Bielsa could be keen to work with him.
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