Premier League champions Manchester City have reportedly submitted a £77million bid for RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol after agreeing to personal terms with him.
The Cityzens became interested in the defender after his stellar season at Leipzig and with Croatia in the FIFA World Cup last year. But they were not the only club keen on the 21-year-old.
Liverpool were also interested in signing him. However, City are now ahead in the race for Gvardiol, having already reached an agreement with him over a move to the Etihad.
This is according to Sky Sports journalist Philipp Hinze, who claims that City have already submitted a new £77m (€90m/$114m) plus add-ons bid after reaching a verbal agreement with the Croatian international.
🚨 Exclusive: New @ManCity offer to Leipzig for Joško Gvardiol. The Cityzens are offering €90m + bonuses. As reported last week: Gvardiol & City have reached a verbal agreement. It is now only up to the clubs to find an agreement. Guardiola's desired player. 🇭🇷
— Philipp Hinze (@philipphinze24) June 25, 2023
Man City boss Pep Guardiola is a huge admirer of Gvardiol and sees him as a perfect replacement for Aymeric Laporta, who will likely leave this summer. The Premier League champions want to strengthen their squad ahead of the defence of their historic treble next season.
Meanwhile, they have also reached an agreement with Chelsea over the signing of Gvardiol’s national team teammate Mateo Kovacic, with the Craotian expected to undergo a medical and sign for City this week.