Leeds United are reportedly becoming increasingly confident in their chances of landing RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol, per journalist Dean Jones.
Gvardiol has been a target for the Whites throughout numerous transfer windows. Indeed, their interest began back in 2020, when they attempted to sign him.
That was when he was snared by current club Leipzig. In fact, Leeds manager Jesse Marsch managed Gvardiol for a time, when the pair were at the German club.
As such, their interest in the 20-year-old makes sense. Leipzig are fourth in the Bundesliga at present, and Gvardiol has missed just three games.
What’s more, he has already made 10 appearances for the Croatian national team. It seems Gvardiol has a lot of promise, and Leeds are not the only side to take note of that.
Tottenham have also regularly cropped up with links to the centre-back. A move to Spurs would appear a more attractive prospect, given they are fifth in the league, compared to Leeds, who are 16th.
With that being said though, the Whites are reportedly confident they can pull a deal off.
That is according to Jones, who initially thought Leeds were punching above their weight.
“I thought at first it was a bit too ambitious, but the more I speak to people, the more I start to realise that Leeds are starting to believe that this is where they should be shopping,” he told GIVEMESPORT.
Given Leeds’ ambition, they could make a good attempt of landing their long-term target.
Marsch ambition clear in Gvardiol pursuit
The ambition of Leeds, under boss Marsch, is clear to see. It appears that Leeds are aspiring to big things, and big signings, as per Jones.
“These are the sorts of players that they believe they can get. So, I’m certainly not going to rule it out,” he added.
While they may have a good deal of ambition, Leeds could still be hindered in their pursuit. The report that declared their belief also stated that Leipzig would ask for £27million for Gvardiol.
On the contrary, a previous report which detailed Tottenham’s interest stated that Gvardiol’s value was £42m. Were that to be the case, Leeds may think twice about pursuing the centre-back.