‘Next Luka Modric’ emerges as Leeds target as Orta looks to January

Lovro Majer

Leeds will reportedly rival some of European football’s biggest sides in the race to sign upcoming Croatia midfielder Lovro Majer in January.

The Dinamo Zagreb star is fast emerging as one of Croatian football’s best young stars. He earned a full cap for his country as a teenager back in 2017.

Now 22, Majer’s form has seen him compared to Luka Modric in his homeland and piqued the interest of several big hitters.

According to Calciomercato, Majer has been watched closely by AC Milan in recent weeks.

They are not the only ones keen, either, with Valencia, Borussia Dortmund, Fiorentina and Sevilla also tracking him.

However, the Italian outlet claims Leeds have also joined the race to snap up Majer.

They claim their director of football Victor Orta is keeping a close eye on the midfielder. They state that Majer is now their top midfield target for the January window after missing out on two alternatives in the summer.

Leeds were linked with a move for Udinese Rodrigo de Paul, though his €35m asking price ultimately proved too high.



Marcelo Bielsa’s side came even closer to landing Michael Cuisance before a reported issue with his medical saw the transfer scrapped.

However, Orta will be hoping it’s a case of third time lucky with Majer.

Of all the clubs linked, Milan are thought to be most advanced with their interest. Calciomercato reports that scouts for the Serie A giants will watch Majer in action during Thursday’s Zagreb v Feyenoord clash in the Europa League.

But it’s also stated a concrete approach from Leeds cannot be ruled out either.


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Bielsa puts faith in Leeds squad

Bielsa, meanwhile, insists Leeds United have enough strength in depth to compete this season.

Leeds will be without Kalvin Phillips for up to six weeks. That’s after the midfielder suffered a shoulder injury in Monday’s defeat to Wolves.


Summer signing Diego Llorente is also currently sidelined with injury, while there are doubts over the fitness of Liam Cooper.

It will leave Bielsa with little to work with when they play high-flying Aston Villa on Friday night. The Argentinian does have several versatile players.

However, the Leeds manager does not think he has a small squad, even if others believe that is a benefit.

He said: “The squad is not small because we have two players per position. There are not big differences between the two players who occupy each position.

“Just to make a reference, for example we have Bamford and Roberts up front, Rodrigo and Pablo in attacking midfield. Poveda and Costa, Raphinha and Harrison.”


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