Leeds’ €20m deal for left-footer a formality, after £8m Rangers offer rejected

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Leeds United have seen an £8m bid for Rangers defender Borna Barisic rejected, according to a report in Croatia.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has been busy adding to his newly-promoted squad with the arrivals of centre-back Robin Koch and Rodrigo Moreno, but they are hunting for a left-back.

Barisic was reported to be a target for the Whites, but Napoli and Roma were also reportedly keen on the player.

However, now Sportske Novosti report that Leeds lodged a bid of almost £8m for the player.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is understood to have immediately rejected the offer though, and Leeds have now turned their attentions to another Croatian defender, Josko Gvardiol.

Speaking last month, Gerrard said wasn’t surprised there was interest in Barisic.

He said: “We’re not surprised if there is any interest in Borna.

Borna Barisic

“Of course we’re not because he has been a consistent performer for us for some time now and he has started the season so brightly again.

“But he has signed a long-term deal here, everyone loves him, the fans like him and he was in the running for Player of the Year.

“Left-backs are difficult to get. It’s the reason Arsenal paid so heavily for Kieran Tierney.

“It’s the reason why Jurgen Klopp has just had to spend £12million for another left-back when he already has one that’s worth whatever amount of money.



“They are difficult to get and we own one. He’s staying here. He’s not for sale.

“If someone did come, they would have to bring an awful lot of money with them.”

€20m Leeds deal a formality

Meanwhile, the Croatian source claim that a €20m deal for the left-footed Gvardiol is almost a formality with Bielsa very keen to get a deal done.

The 18-year-old Dinamo Zagreb defender is very highly rated and while in the Dinamo academy he was being tracked by Bayern Munich, Ajax and Manchester City.

Leeds might have to wait until later in the month to get their hands on the Croatian Under-21 though because he is thought to want to help Dinamo secure their place in the Champions League next season.

Dinamo face Celtic’s conquerors Ferencvaros first up on September 16, so Leeds might have to bid their time before Gvardiol arrives at Elland Road.

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