FOOTBALL: Manchester City Have Not Tabled A Bid For RB Leipzig Defender Josko Gvardiol

Manchester City Have Not Tabled A Bid For RB Leipzig Defender Josko Gvardiol
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Manchester City Have Not Tabled A Bid For RB Leipzig Defender Josko Gvardiol. The Premier League champions are understood to be on the lookout for a new left-back after allowing Oleksandr Zinchenko to join Arsenal earlier in the window.

Gvardiol, a versatile defender who can play either left or center back, is rumored to be on City’s radar, and the London clubs Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur are also said to be interested.

On Tuesday, it was reported by German news outlet Bild that the Citizens had seen an €80m (£66.8m) bid for the 20-year-old rejected by Leipzig.

However, the Daily Mail now claims that City have not tabled an offer for Gvardiol and they currently have no intention of signing the defender this summer.

Manchester City Have Not Tabled A Bid For RB Leipzig Defender Josko Gvardiol. The report adds that Leipzig are hoping to keep hold of the Croatia international, who still has four years remaining on his contract with the Bundesliga club.

Chelsea are also understood to have failed with a swap deal for Gvardiol involving former Leipzig forward Timo Werner, who has been strongly linked with an exit from Stamford Bridge this summer.

After a year on loan with his boyhood club, Dinamo Zagreb, Gvardiol enjoyed an impressive first year with Leipzig’s senior side last season, making 45 appearances in all tournaments as well as helping the German outfit win the DFB-Pokal.

The defender gained experience in both the Champions League and Europa League last term, while he already has 10 international caps for Croatia, including four appearances as a left-back at Euro 2020.

With Leipzig desperate to hold on to Gvardiol, journalist Christian Falk claims that Die Roten Bullen are ready to offer the defender a new contract to fend off interest from other clubs.

Falk adds that Leipzig are planning to insert a release clause into his new deal which would become active in the summer of 2023.

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