Manchester City have submitted an offer of €90m plus bonuses to RB Leipzig for Joško Gvardiol, according to Sky Germany.
Both clubs have been negotiating a transfer in the recent days and now the Premier League side have submitted an improved offer for the Croatian defender, who would become the most expensive defender. Per the report, Leipzig question whether Manchester City’s latest offer is one they can’t refuse.
This comes after Manchester City agreed personal terms with Gvardiol, who is Pep Guardiola’s desired player for central-defence. The 21-year-old signed a contract extension with Leipzig last summer following interest from Chelsea, which includes an exit clause of €110m, but that doesn’t come into play until 2024.
But Gvardiol’s departure is inevitable. The DFB Pokal winners are already searching the market for a replacement and they’ve identified Lyon’s Castello Lukeba (20). A left-footed centre-back, Lukeba is likely to cost around €30m, as reported by Sky Germany, with discussions between the clubs ongoing.
GGFN | Daniel Pinder