The reigning Premier League champions could be set to lose Nathan Ake to rivals Chelsea, and it seems they have already begun scouring the market for his potential replacement.
What is the latest news involving Gvardiol?
Gvardiol was known to have been on Tottenham Hotspur’s wish list this summer as they searched for left-sided centre-backs to sure up Antonio Conte’s defence.
However, the 20-year-old still has four years remaining on his current contract and German football expert Stefan Bienkowski has revealed both Spurs and Chelsea have been informed he is not for sale by Leipzig.
That doesn’t appear to have deterred City from contemplating trying their luck, though, with the Daily Mail claiming Gvardiol ‘leads the Citizens’ transfer targets’.
And The Telegraph’s Mike McGrath has supported that statement by disclosing that Pep Guardiola’s charges will ‘weigh up’ deals for the likes of Pau Torres, Jules Kounde and Gvardiol.
What has Jacobs said about Gvardiol?
Gvardiol is one of the most in-demand central defenders in Europe at this moment in time and finds himself at the centre of a three-way Premier League tussle.
And Jacobs has informed GiveMeSport that City are the latest side deliberating whether to ‘place a bid’ for the talented youngster.
He told GMS: “Man City are looking at RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol. He’s also been heavily linked with Spurs. City are yet to place a bid but are strongly considering it. The only downside is the fee Leipzig want, which could be as high as £75 million.”
Would Gvardiol be a good signing?
Gvardiol was described as “outstanding” by Bienkowski after settling into life at the Red Bull Arena with minimal fuss, successfully replacing Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate.
The 6 foot 2 gem racked up five goal contributions in 45 appearances throughout 2021/22, playing a pivotal part as Leipzig claimed the DFB-Pokal. And his underlying numbers were even more impressive.
As per FBref, Gvardiol ranked in the 99th percentile for completed dribbles, 97th for interceptions and progressive passes, 94th for progressive carries, and 93rd for shot-creating actions compared to his positional peers over the last year.
It’s clear that Gvardiol is a typical modern-day defender who could fit into Guardiola’s possession-orientated style of play, but whether City would be willing to splash out £75m on someone who wouldn’t be a guaranteed starter is up for debate.