Report: Manchester City have just had £67.5m bid rejected for 20-year-old Tottenham target
Tottenham Hotspur had been credited with wanting to sign the Croatian this summer, but a move is yet to materialise.
If Tottenham were hoping to make a late bid for Gvardiol though, today’s news may well put them off.
Not only would Antonio Conte’s side be fighting a tough battle against the Premier League champions, but the fact Leipzig are rejecting huge bids shows the money that would be required for Spurs to prise him away from his current club.
Gvardiol has also attracted in from Chelsea, who were reportedly willing to offer Timo Werner as part of a deal to sign the defender.
Brighton left-back Marc Cucurella was also a long-term target for Pep Guardiola, but that deal no longer looks possible, with Chelsea now in pole position to sign the Spaniard.
Man City have Gvardiol bid rejected
Manchester City are already well stocked for centre-backs in their squad, with Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, John Stones and Nathan Ake typically competing for two spots in Guardiola’s starting line-up.
Gvardiol’s versatility is one of the reasons why City are so keen to sign the 20-year-old, as the left-footed defender can also play at full-back and would negate the need for a back-up to Joao Cancelo to be signed.
In fact, Gvardiol made his debut for Croatia at left-back in the final game before the start of Euro 2020, and performed so well he kept his spot in the team for the entire tournament.
Bringing in Gvardiol would be a brilliant signing for the future, with the Croatian considered one of the best young defenders in the world, but it’s no surprise Leipzig are digging their heels in to avoid losing him.
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