Josko Gvardiol reportedly remains unconvinced on a move to Leeds United this summer.
Leeds have been credited with serious interest in the teenager this summer, as Marcelo Bielsa weighs up bolstering his defensive options.
Robin Koch has been signed as Ben White’s replacement, but we could yet see Gvardiol signed to cover Liam Cooper.
The latest reports are throwing up another stumbling block, though.
The Dinamo Zagreb youngster is highly-rated and seen as something of a gem in Croatian football.
Leeds see him as cover to Liam Cooper, with Gvardiol a left-sided defender, capable in the middle or at full-back.
Despite the lingering speculation, there’s been little progress from a Leeds perspective.
However, respected journalist Fabrizio Romano has provided the latest on Twitter.
Leeds also made a new bid [until June 2024] to Gvardiol to reach an agreement on personal terms. He’s not convinced yet.
The contract in question looks to be four years, which is what you’d expect Leeds to be giving someone that’s going to cost them £15m+ if he signs.
That can’t be the sticking point here when it comes to Gvardiol either.
Surely he’s questioning whether it’s worth coming to Leeds to sit behind Cooper in the pecking order?
He’s a young player and can grow, but this summer, is this really going to be the move that appeals to him? I suspect it might not be.
In terms of Leeds’ stance, I’d be backtracking slightly too. Pascal Struijk has emerged in the last few months and is looking good. He could well be the long-term successor to Cooper.
It might be worth Leeds sitting on their millions.