Report: Leeds make Ivan Sunjic bid as Birmingham offer £3.5m

Marcelo Bielsa manager of Leeds Utd during the Sky Bet Championship Play off Semi Final 1st leg match between Derby County and Leeds United at the Pride Park, Derby on Saturday 11th May...

Championship rivals Leeds United and Birmingham City are reportedly battling for Dinamo Zagreb's Sunjic.

Ivan Sunjic of Croatia controls the ball during the 2019 UEFA U-21 Group C match between Croatia and England at San Marino Stadium on June 24, 2019 in Serravalle, Italy.

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.

Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United and Matt Phillips of West Bromwich Albion during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United at The Hawthorns on November...

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.

Jonathan Ikone of France is challenged by Ivan Sunjic of Croatia during the 2019 UEFA U-21 Group C match between France and Croatia at San Marino Stadium on June 21, 2019 in Serravalle,...

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