'Reminds me of Pirlo': Leeds fans react to Ivan Sunjic links

Leeds fans show their support prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play-off semi final second leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on May 15, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United have reportedly identified Dinamo Zagreb's Ivan Sunjic as Kalvin Phillips' replacement with Championship rivals Birmingham City offering £3.5m.

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,...

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.

Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips in action during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off  First Leg match between Derby County and Leeds United at Pride Park Stadium on May 11, 2019 in Derby,...

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.

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.

 

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