It is another sensational transfer talk over the weekend in the Premier League as star RB Leipzig and Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol is in advanced talks with UEFA Champions League winner Manchester City. He is set to join the treble winners as RB Leipzig has hit the transfer headlines once again in England as Josko’s teammate, Hungarian Dominik Szoboszlai has agreed terms to join City’s eternal rivals Liverpool as the Reds have triggered his release clause of 60 million pounds.
A meteoric rise for the Croat
Josko Gvardiol, who is still in his early 20s, has been one of the top and most sought after defenders in the world right now. He is a regular starter for the national team and has demonstrated his caliber in the defensive backline time and again, be it for his country or for Croatia. He became a renowned name owing to his exploits in the World Cup, where he had utilized his height and might both to thwart the attacks of opponents.
In the last season when RB Leipzig and Manchester City had a face-off, he had showcased his goalscoring tactics in the first leg of Last-16 tie staged in Leipzig. He had kept in check the opponent attackers, comprising of the likes of Erling Halaand, Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez. On top of that, he had snatched the headlines from City players after equalizing for the Germans, capping off with a towering header. Although in the second leg, Leipzig was mauled 0-7 owing to the five goal havoc in the hands of Erling Halaand, it did not seem to tarnish Gvardiol’s reputation of being one of the best young defenders in Europe.
“Wish to move to Manchester”
RB Leipzig sporting director Max Eberl has confirmed Gvardiol’s desire to ploy his trade in England as he said to local media Leipziger-Volkszeitung, “Josko and his advisers have given us their wish to move to Manchester City.” With the addition of Gvardiol, City will bolster their defensive backline which already comprised Nathan Ake, Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte. Pep will look to include him in the squad as he is a versatile defender who can increase the chances of scoring more goals, being equally competitive in the back.
RB Leipzig has allowed two of their stars to play in the most competitive league in the world with Gvardiol following his teammate Dominik Szoboszlai’s footsteps, when the Hungarian attacking midfielder has decided to pursue his “Anfield dream”, with Klopp’s Liverpool bolstering their attack after legendary Bobby Firmino’s departure to Al-Ahli. Thus, the “friends from Leipzig” will become “rivals in England” when Liverpool and Manchester face each other in the next season.