Manchester City’s failure to wrap up the signing of Joško Gvardiol thus far has opened a window of opportunity for rival clubs, including Manchester United, who have joined the negotiating table with a new offer.
Earlier this month, Fabrizio Romano suggested Pep Guardiola is set to get his preferred centre-back target following the agreement over a fee between City and Leipzig.
The Italian journalist went as far as claiming that the Croatian youngster had undergone the first part of his medical. Having said that, the interesting caveat in his report was that the deal is “on the cusp” of being signed.
Two days later, Leipzig’s Sporting Director Max Eberl publicly broke the City faithful’s hearts by claiming the agreement between the two clubs for the transfer of Gvardiol isn’t even close.
Since then, very little update on the saga has come to the fore, until today.
According to Spanish source, Fichajes, three Premier League clubs have joined City in the race for the 21-year-old, who’s considered one of the best left-footed center-backs in possession in Europe at the moment.
The Spanish outlet say United, Liverpool, and Chelsea have submitted offers in their bid to stop City – still understood to be leading the race – from crossing the finishing line.
The Bundesliga outfit are expected to bag as much as 100 million euros (£85.8m) for the 22-year-old in a move that would comfortably make him the most expensive centre-back of all time, surpassing Harry Maguire’s 87 million euros (£74.7m) switch from Leicester City to United.
The Englishman is now on the fringes of first-team action under Erik ten Hag. Should the Red Devils stunningly manage to hijack Gvardiol under City’s nose, it will almost certainly spell the end of Maguire’s career at Old Trafford.