Written By Onyeka Daniel
Few days back, reports circulated that English Premier League champions and treble winners, Manchester City were close to reaching an agreement for young Croatian defender, Josko Gvardiol, but it looks like reverse is the case.
The Citizens have been handed a huge blow in their transfer pursuit of the RB Leipzig defender. City are looking to strengthen their options ahead of the 2023/24 season. Having already signed Mateo Kovacic, the Citizens look set to bolster their defence with Gvardiol’s signing.
However, according to Leipzig director Max Eberl the two clubs are “very far apart” in negotiations. Speaking to Sky Sports Germany, he said: “There is no agreement with Manchester City. Not even close.
“The fact is that Man City would like to have him. Currently, we are still very far apart. The transfer of (Dominik) Szoboszlai has secured us financially. We don’t need the money. We would prefer Josko to stay.”
Leipzig head coach Marco Rose has also spoken on the matter, seeming to play down Gvardiol’s transfer. “Josko is one of our players and as far as I know he will remain one of our players,” he said.
“I don’t know anything about a medical check, nothing about a first and nothing about a second. I think if it was, I would know as head coach.” he further added.
The Croatian is one of the most exciting central defenders in Europe, having best strongly tipped to join Chelsea last season with move falling through as the German club refuse to back down on their demands said to be close to about €120m to release him.
While City are well stocked in the defense, signing Gvardiol will further strengthen their defense, but it’s left to be seen if the club will go all out to sign their target who is said to be a demand from Guardiola himself.
Chelsea are prepared to make an offer for Montpelier forward Elye Wahi, according to reports from France. The club have already agreed personal terms with Montpellier striker as the Ligue 1 side await their first bid, according to the report.
They have already sealed summer deals for Christopher Nkunku from Leipzig and Nicolas Jackson from Villarreal, but will make a move for Wahi once they’re able to sort out the future of Romelu Lukaku.
The idea of moving to London is “attractive” to Wahi, but a move would see him join sister club Strasbourg on loan for the 2023/2024 season under Patrick Vieira. That idea isn’t exactly enticing to him, but he isn’t completely closed off to it either. Meanwhile, it is believed Montpellier are “awaiting a €30m opening proposal from Chelsea” which is the “minimum” Montpellier Chairman Laurent Nicollin expects for him.
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