Manchester City and Real Madrid are currently competing for the final of the UEFA Champions League. The first leg of their semi-final tie, away at Santiago Bernabeu, ended 1–1. So both teams have everything to play for in the second leg. On the other hand, they may also be vying for the signature of one of the best defenders in the world.
Josko Gvardiol was arguably the best defender of the last World Cup as Croatia finished third in the league. And he has also been a star performer for RB Leipzig.
Real Madrid will know this well, as it played against the Bundesliga in the group stage of the Champions League this season. They even suffered defeat at the hands of RB Leipzig in Germany. Gvardiol was on the scoresheet that night.
It was therefore no surprise that Real Madrid were linked with a move from Gvardiol. But it is quite clear that they are not the only ones after the Croatian defender’s signature.
Manchester City prepared to make €100 million transfer bid for target Real Madrid
According to Fichajes, Manchester City would be willing to pay the 100 million euros that RB Leipzig is asking for Gvardiol to leave.
Someone like Gvardiol could be an excellent addition to Real Madrid in the long run. Especially since both Antonio Rudiger and David Alaba are slowly starting to increase in age.
At the same time, it will be difficult to sign Gvardiol without a doubt. There is a lot of interest in his signature. On the other hand, Real Madrid are believed to be approaching a blockbuster transfer for Jude Bellingham, which is expected to bring in more than €120 million. So it’s hard to imagine Los Blancos taking another big step in the same period.
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