Leeds United are reportedly rivalling Birmingham City for Croatia Under-21 captain Ivan Sunjic this summer, and he would be a much better signing than a free agent also linked with the Whites.
The Daily Mail claim Leeds want are interested in the 22-year-old midfielder, who has broken into Dinamo Zagreb’s side over the past 12 months and clocked up 43 senior appearances for the Croatian outfit.
However, Leeds are somewhat lagging in the race to land Sunjic’s signature, with Birmingham City already having tabled a £3.5million offer to land the holding midfielder. It remains to be seen if that offer was accepted.
Leeds are seemingly after a defensive midfielder with Kalvin Phillips continuously being linked with a move to Premier League side Aston Villa. Even with Phillips still in the side, he needs back-up.
It has seen Leeds also being linked with Ander Iturraspe, who is now a free agent after being released by Spanish giants Athletic Bilbao. The Spain international played under Marcelo Bielsa at the La Liga club.
According to a report from El Desmarque in Spain, 30-year-old Iturraspe is open to working with Bielsa again at Elland Road as he looks for a new club. He is also said to be attracting interest from Spain and Greece.
But Iturraspe only played five times last season and his career is certainly on the decline, while Sunjic is completely the opposite – on the way up.
A proven performer at the highest level, there is no doubt Iturraspe would be a good signing for Leeds. But with Sunjic now a regular for Dinamo Zagreb at just 22 years of age, there is no doubt he will only get better.
At £3.5million, it is worth taking a risk on a younger player with enormous potential than spending big on the wages of a declining Spain international. Leeds have got to go for Sunjic, over Iturraspe.