Josuco Gvardiol’s transfer situation has been leaked, and it’s causing quite a stir.
Fabrizio Romano, a journalist who is well versed in European soccer news, tweeted on April 20 with his signature line, “Here we go: Gvardiol is headed to Manchester City. The transfer fee has been agreed between City and Leipzig. He has completed his medical and a contract will be signed soon. Personal terms were agreed a month ago.”
However, the report was quickly refuted. “At the moment, the negotiations between City and Leipzig are in the final stages, with tensions hanging in the balance. He has not yet completed his medical. The deal is ongoing. Leipzig don’t want to reveal the price tag, so the leak was a big deal.”
The news suggests that the clubs are close to finalizing an agreement. However, Leipzig didn’t want to release the news until they had found a replacement for Gbadiol. The reason is simple. If Leipzig earns a certain amount of money, they will have a hard time finding a replacement. That’s because the clubs selling him would likely command a high price.
In the end, Leipzig stepped up. “City want Gbadiol, but nothing has been agreed,” said Max Eberle. We are financially free with the sale of Dominik Sobosler (→Liverpool) and would prefer him to stay.” The club officially announced.
Gvardiol is one of the most promising center backs in the world. After spending his youth career with Dinamo Zagreb, Gvardiol made his professional debut in 2019 and impressed in his first season. Zagreb promptly signed him to a five-year contract. In his second season, Gvardiol developed into a mainstay of the team. He played 41 games in all competitions.
Leipzig recognized his potential early on and made an offer. Gvardiol joined Leipzig in the summer of 2021 and quickly developed into one of the Bundesliga’s top defenders. Born in 2002, he is still only 21 years old, but he is considered to be a reliable defender, with solid physicality, strong passing ability, and speed. 스포츠토토
His value also shone on the World Cup stage, as Gvardiol represented Croatia at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, where he helped the team reach the quarterfinals. Naturally, his value skyrocketed. Boasting a €25 million price tag when he joined Leipzig, Gvardiol’s price jumped 200% to €75 million in our December update. This is the second-highest price tag among center backs, behind Juventus’ €80 million (KRW 135 billion).
Gbadiol’s continued growth has attracted interest from big clubs. Among them, Man City are actively pursuing him. City have a lot of depth at center back. They have John Stones, Nathan Ake, Manuel Akanji, and Emmanuel Laporte, among others. However, Laporte is set to leave the club.