According to Sportske Novosti in Croatia, RB Leipzig have now put an offer on the table for Dinamo Zagreb defender Josko Gvardiol.
It’s claimed that Leipzig are now rivalling Leeds United for the signature of Gvardiol, and have offered an intriguing deal.
The German side have offered €17million (£15million) rising to €20million (£18million), which essentially matches Leeds’ offer.
The report adds that it has been discussed during talks that Gvardiol may be loaned back to Dinamo for ‘some time’ to continue his development.
Gvardiol allegedly does want to stay with Dinamo for at least another year, so that Leipzig proposal is described as ‘ideal’ for the defender.
It’s believed to be a straight fight between Leeds and Leipzig with no third offer on the table, though it’s worth noting that the Daily Mail claim Leeds are set to tie up the signing of Gvardiol quickly.
Gvardiol, 18, has emerged as one of the top young left-footed centre backs in Europe, and he already had 13 first-team appearances to his name at Dinamo.
Leeds may view the teenager as Liam Cooper’s long-term successor as the left-footed centre back in Marcelo Bielsa’s back four, but they now face a battle.
Leeds are unlikely to offer to loan Gvardiol back to Dinamo, so it will be interesting to see whether Leipzig can hijack their bid by dangling that particular carrot to the Croatian side.