RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol worth $100M? Examining Man City boss Pep Guardiola’s interest on 21-year-old CB

Manchester City, after having a successful treble-winning 2022-23 season, head into the summer transfer market with big cash ready to splash for bringing in new big names. Backed by the wealthy Abu Dhabi Investment Group, the Cityzens have already spent over $1.5 billion in transfer fees since the takeover in 2008. 

It seems like Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak is ready to spend big again, as manager Pep Guardiola targets RB Leipzig’s young defender Josko Gvardiol as a replacement for Aymeric Laporte should the Spanish defender decide to part ways in the summer transfer window.

Is Josko Gvardiol worth $100 million?

Bundesliga club RB Leipzig values the 21-year-old Croatian defender at a staggering $100 million, according to ESPN. Gvardiol only signed a new deal in September 2022 and is under contract until 2027. The dependable Fabrizio Romano stated last week that the talks between City and Gvardiol regarding personal terms were progressing well.

Gvardiol would become the most expensive defender in the world if his release clause, which is reported by Sky Sports to be set at a whopping $125 million, were to be activated. However, City appears set on signing him right now, so they will need to work out a price with Leipzig.

The 21-year-old is one of the most promising center-backs in the world. He has been in sublime form ever since his debut with Leipzig in the 2021-22 season, and was one of the best defenders for Croatia in the 2022 World Cup, where he secured a third-place finish in the tournament.

Gvardiol has made a total of 6 blocks in season 2022/2023 and has won 89 aerial duels, 13 tackles, and other contests. It goes without saying that it is not surprising that RB Leipzig values him so highly.

How will Gvardiol fit into Pep Guardiola’s system?

Gvardiol is the kind of center-half who can support City’s out-of-back play. He is a defensive player who plays the ball well, which is ideal for Pep Guardiola’s style, and at 21, he will only become more prominent.

Due to the potential departure of Aymeric Laporte this summer, Guardiola might also be interested in Gvardiol. Football Insider reports that several clubs are interested in the Spain international and that City is willing to let him go.

However, with his arrival, Gvardiol will face steep competition from an already impressive defensive lineup that includes Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake, John Stones, and Manuel Akanji.

Do you think the massive price tag for Gvardiol is justified? Share your thoughts down in the comments section.


Tanzeem Rahman

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Tanzeem Rahman is a soccer writer and an editor at SportsZion. Tanzeem's love for the sport began by watching and admiring Cristiano Ronaldo in his early Manchester United days. Having graduated from Germany as an Electrical Engineer, Tanzeem has watched multiple high-profile games throughout Europe from the gallery. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport, as well as sublime english proficiency has been an asset to SportsKnot. Outside of his duty, Tanzeem is a gamer, and loves to spend time watching Anime and reading Manga.


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