Manchester City and RB Leipzig are reportedly in advanced talks to seal a deal worth nearly £100 million to sign Josko Gvardiol.

According to a report by Football Insider, Josko Gvardiol remains the subject of interest from Manchester City. And the Premier League champions have advanced their discussions with RB Leipzig for the 21-year-old. A deal for the youngster will likely be worth close to £100 million, a world record sum for a defender.

Josko Gvardiol has established himself as one of the best young prospects in the world in the last few years. A graduate of the Dinamo Zagreb Academy, the Croat has come leaps and bounds since turning professional. And his stock has skyrocketed during his ongoing two-year stint with RB Leipzig.

The 21-year-old has been a mainstay at the back for RB Leipzig in the last two seasons. He has made 87 appearances while chipping in with five goals and three assists. In addition, Gvardiol’s star has soared on the international stage, and he was sensational at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. But his stint with Leipzig might end this summer, with Manchester City keen on signing him.

The Croatian international has been on Manchester City’s radar for a long time. And personal terms should not be an issue for the Premier League champions, with the youngster eager to join them. But sealing an agreement on the transfer fee has been the major stumbling block for the English club.

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Reports at the start of July suggested Manchester City had finalised the agreement to secure Gvardiol’s services. But those suggestions appear wide of the mark, as a few weeks have passed by since then. And the latest update have pointed to City’s rivals plotting a hijack to land the 21-year-old.

But the report by Football Insider claims that talks between Manchester City and RB Leipzig are advancing. And the treble winners will come close to their club record of £100 million to secure Gvardiol’s services. That will also break the world record transfer fee for a defender, eclipsing the fee Manchester United paid to sign Harry Maguire.

It will be interesting to see if the latest update proves true. But with Manchester City and RB Leipzig advancing talks over a deal worth nearly £100 million, the Premier League champions are increasingly confident of landing their man.

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