Is Josko Gvardiol planning to attend Manchester CIiy?
Given that transfer insider Fabrizio Romano famously said “here we go” nearly two weeks ago, it is surprising that Manchester City’s chase for RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol is still ongoing.
Only a day later, Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol went so far as to claim that the transaction is “not close,” calling the move into question.
Erik ten Hag appears to be looking to capitalize on this obstacle, as rumors in Spain say they are one of three new Premier League clubs vying for the Croatian’s signature. All of these teams are alleged to have made proposals to persuade the German club to sell to them instead.
It was claimed in April that they will demand a sum of roughly £75 million to facilitate his exit. However, with greater competition, the charge may potentially become much higher.
Why is Josko Gvardiol so talented?
There are multiple reasons why the 21-year-old colossus is in such high demand, not the least of which is his experience, which belies his youth.
Standing at 6 feet 1, the 21-cap Croatia international not only has blistering pace that makes him a physical marvel, but he also has the technical skills to succeed in any system.
The left-footed titan has shone for both his present side and his country, earning the opportunity to advance in his career.
If he does join Manchester United, he will form an excellent partnership with Lisandro Martinez as a pair of no-nonsense ball-playing defenders who will be difficult to beat.
After all, the Argentine ace has had a stellar debut season in English football, overcoming height concerns to maintain a 7.12 average rating in the Premier League. According to Sofascore, this figure was bolstered by his 87% throw accuracy, 1.2 interceptions, two tackles, and 3.6 clearances per game.
He was a key member of the backline that helped David De Gea win the Golden Glove trophy.
He is a fierce, cutthroat juggernaut of a centre-back, as Ten Hag stated after his £47 million move:
“He’s a warrior, and I believe the fans will respect him.” He has a fighting spirit and an attitude. In a good way, he adds aggression to the game. That, I believe, is required. But he’s also skilled and can cope with the ball.”
His steely presence alongside Gvardiol’s refined, powerful, and almost royal stature could provide the ideal combination of traits to thwart any striker in the division.