By Michael Brown

8th Aug, 2020 | 4:05pm

Exclusive: Brown reacts to Leeds swoop for Borna Barisic

Michael Brown believes reported Leeds target Borna Barisic would need time to adapt to the Premier League if the Whites can prise him away from Rangers. 

The former Leeds midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggested it could take Barisic time to acclimatise to England’s top-flight due to the “gap” in quality between the Scottish Premier League.

Rangers will demand upwards of £8million for Borna Barisic after Leeds United identified him as a top summer target, Football Insider understands.

And Brown believes Marcelo Bielsa will want the Croatian to come in and hit the ground running straight away, if he is signed.

“There’s going to be so many players linked. Danny Rose is a seasoned international, it’ll be interesting to see what happens.

“You look at many players who come down from the Scottish Premiership, they take a little bit of time to adapt and as you say they have to be ready to go straight in.

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“That isn’t always the case given the gap between the Premier League in England and the Premier League in Scotland.”

The 27-year-old left-back is reportedly on the radar of the Yorkshire giants, following an impressive second season in Glasgow.

It cost Rangers £2m to prise Barisic away from NK Osijek in his native Croatia, but it is now believed it will Leeds would have to spend more than four times that price to get him.

The defender is contracted to the club until 2024, putting Steven Gerrard’s side in a strong position to negotiate.

He made 39 appearances in 2019-20, providing an impressive 14 assists as well as two goals.

Leeds will be playing in the Premier League for the first time in 16 years next term after securing the Championship title and Bielsa will no doubt be looking to bolster his squad with quality additions.

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