Ivo Grbic is set to undergo a medical with La Liga giants Atletico Madrid ahead of a move to Spain this summer, according to Croatian media outlet 24Sata.
This news is likely to come as a shock to many Albion fans as only last night did Joseph Masi, West Bromwich Albion reporter for the Express and Star, confirm that the Baggies were interested in the 24-year-old goalkeeper.
But it seems as if West Brom were too slow to act, and will now lose Grbic to Atletico Madrid in a deal worth around €6m.
This is a great bit of business by Lokomotiva Zagreb as the sale is all profit because they acquired Grbic for free from Hajduk Split in July 2018.
In the Express & Star article, Masi writes that £2m could be enough to secure Grbic’s signature, but Atletico Madrid have reportedly paid £3.4m more than that and it’s their quickfire approach to the negotiations which has earned them the Croatian’s interest.
It’s unlikely that the Baggies will meet what Atletico have allegedly paid, as the transfer budget this summer is restrictive and funds have to be spread across many areas of the team.
The other option the Albion board may pursue is David Marshall from Wigan, who Masi also mentions is linked.
Marshall could be a sound purchase as he would provide a wealth of experience and also serve as strong competition to Sam Johnstone.
It’s understood that Grbic was Slaven Bilic’s choice, while Marshall is the Albion board’s choice.
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