As per a report by the Daily Mail, Manchester City are currently in the lead to sign Josko Gvardiol, who is also a Chelsea and Liverpool target.
On Tuesday, it was reported by Fabrizio Romano that Barcelona were one of the many clubs enticed by a move for Aymeric Laporte, with the Croatian defender was City’s ‘priority target’, with Pep Guardiola claimed to be a huge admirer of his.
With injuries and rotation meaning the Spaniard has fallen down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium, the transfer story completely added up.
Now, it seems as if Manchester City are currently the likeliest Premier League club out of Chelsea and Liverpool to sign Josko Gvardiol next season.
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The 21-year-old is widely considered as one of the most talented young defenders in Europe, with Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic labelling him as the ‘world’s best centre-back’ via the Athletic.
The Daily Mail have reported that Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are all keen on the summer signature of Josko Gvardiol.
However, as things stand, the Sky Blues are believed to be the frontrunners in the race to sign the RB Leipzig colossus.
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For starters, if Laporte does bid farewell to the Etihad Stadium 5 years after joining the club, bringing in another left-footed ball-playing central defender makes perfect sense for Pep Guardiola’s men.
With Gvardiol only being 21 years of age as well, Manchester City could well and truly deal their transfer rivals in Chelsea and Liverpool a serious blow by landing him in 2023.
The youngster, who has played in a back 3 on a host of occasions for Marco Rose’s side would especially fit the English giants’ current setup, which lines up as a 3-2-4-1 in possession.
With the highly-rated talent also fitting the mould of an archetypal Guardiola centre-half due to his excellent ball-playing ability combined with his intelligent reading of the game, it’s hard to poke a single hole in the club’s reported pursuit of his services.