The 18-year-old is the latest in a long list of talents to emerge from Dinamo Zagreb’s renowned academy, and would command a 20 million euro fee, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Leeds are in talks with Dinamo Zagreb to sign Josko Gvardiol. Price tag around €20m for the Croatian centre back. Another important target after signing Koch and Rodrigo - still working with Udinese to find an agreement for Rodrigo de Paul. #LUFC #transfers— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 30, 2020
Despite having only made 29 appearances across all competitions since entering Zagreb’s senior team last year, the Croatian defender has already attracted the interest of a host of big clubs, including Bayern Munich and Manchester City.
He has been on the international scene since 2016, when he made three appearances for Croatia U14s, and has gone on to feature for their U16s, U17s, U19s and U21s.
❗ "Sportske Novosti" is reporting that an unnamed English club offered €20M (14M + bonuses) for Joško Gvardiol ❗— Croatian Scout (@CRO_Scout) August 29, 2020
Supposedly Chelsea or ManCity.
Joško is really hot on the market right now and it will be very hard for Dinamo to keep him if a really good offer comes in pic.twitter.com/amVh99NA3z
Gvardiol has been brought up within a Zagreb side that builds up from the back, and is quickly developing into an impressive ball-playing defender who could excell under Marcelo Bielsa.
His recent development is highlighted by his 94% passing accuracy across all competitions this season, including 93.5% of his forward passes.
Similarly to Ben White, Gvardiol enjoys exploiting the open space in front of him, finding narrow corridors and taking the ball forward to generate chances, thus earning him comparisons with play-makers thanks to his composure and creativity.
Highlights and short analysis of 18 y/o Dinamo's center-back Josko Gvardiol vs NK Osijek— Dino Grgić (@Dino_Grgic) June 29, 2020
2 blocked shots
6/8 duels won
4/4 aerial duels won
7 interceptions, 6 free balls pick ups
62 completed passes
Details in video⬇️ pic.twitter.com/aIYmRgM7Zz
He may lack experience, but the teenager already looks like a future star, and it is only a matter of time before a European giant snatches him up.