Comparing a 22-year-old midfielder to the great Andrea Pirlo is a dangerous game.
But not only does Ivan Sunjic share the Italian’s flowing locks, he also has a penchant for a beautifully weighted cross-field ball and the ability to control the tempo and the tide of a game from the centre of the park. He’s a leader too, captaining Croatia at the U21 European Championships in Italy.
With all this considered, it should be no real surprise that the Dinamo Zagreb starlet is starting to catch the eye.
The Daily Mail believes that Leeds United have launched a bid to bring Sunjic to Elland Road, while Birmingham City appear to have found enough spare change down the back of the sofa to put a £3.5 million offer on the table.
The Mail claims that Sunjic could potentially replace Kalvin Phillips at Elland Road, with the homegrown playmaker the subject of a £20 million bid from Premier League newcomers Aston Villa.
Losing Phillips would be a huge blow but, in Sunjic, Leeds appear to have identified a player with the same glorious passing range and tactical intelligence. There are worse contingency plans.
Which would be a steal for anyone tbh— JT (@lufc_) July 3, 2019
If rumours of Leeds looking at Ivan Sunjic are true it would make sense to me why we let Diaz go, he looks to fit the Phillips role more than Forshaw but also looks like he could play in the box to box role ahead of Phillips, as cover he looks a good option #lufc— JwL (@Juliejwl777) July 3, 2019
Kalvin's replacement— Frank Reynolds (@lufcrumham) July 3, 2019
I’ve only watched him once. I know these are big words, but he reminded me of Pirlo. Quality playmaker from the 6-position. Great vision and accurate passes, even at long range. Also solid defensively and looks strong and relatively fast. Great potential.https://t.co/nSalwFH0Ch— Anders has opinions (@BenBuford11) July 3, 2019
That’s incredible. If we get him, he’ll be an immediate fan favorite, I’m sure. He even has Pirlo’s flowing locks. pic.twitter.com/o0Ug4WwNH6— Anders has opinions (@BenBuford11) July 3, 2019
Ivan Sunjic— Alioskee (@Alioskee) July 3, 2019
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