Manchester City and Real Madrid Compete Croatian Defender Josko Gvardiol

15 May, 2023

The UEFA Champions League is in full swing, with Manchester City and Real Madrid currently battling it out for a spot in the final. The first leg of their semi-final tie took place at Santiago Bernabeu and ended in a 1-1 draw. This means that both teams have everything to play for in the second leg. However, the competition doesn’t stop there, as they could also be vying for the signature of one of the best defenders in the world of football.

Josko Gvardiol is considered by many to be the best defender in the recent World Cup, where he helped Croatia finish third in the competition. He has also been a star performer for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga. Real Madrid have firsthand experience of his skills, having faced the German side in the Champions League group stages this season. In fact, they suffered a defeat at the hands of RB Leipzig, with Gvardiol even scoring a goal on that night. Follow your favourite Champions League team with attractive betting odds from NextBet.

It’s no surprise that Real Madrid have been linked with a move for Gvardiol. However, they are not the only ones interested in the Croatian defender. According to Fichajes, Manchester City is willing to pay the €100 million that RB Leipzig has asked for letting Gvardiol leave. This would be an excellent long-term signing for Manchester City, as they look to strengthen their defense.

Real Madrid, on the other hand, would also benefit from signing someone like Gvardiol, especially as both Antonio Rudiger and David Alaba are slowly starting to get up there in terms of age. However, with plenty of interest in his signature, it will not be an easy task to secure the defender’s services. Furthermore, Real Madrid is believed to be closing in on a blockbuster transfer for Jude Bellingham, which is expected to see them shell out north of €120 million. It is difficult to imagine them making another big money move in the same window.

In conclusion, the battle between Manchester City and Real Madrid for the signature of Josko Gvardiol is heating up. With both teams already fighting it out for a spot in the Champions League final, it remains to be seen who will come out on top in the race for the Croatian defender. However, one thing is for sure, Gvardiol is a player in high demand, and whichever team manages to secure his services will have made an excellent acquisition for their defense. Get all the latest updates from the Champions League only on NextBet Sports.