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Manchester City target responds to Real Madrid transfer links: “There will always be talk”

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Speaking in a recent interview, RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol has opened up on the rumours linking him with a summer move to Real Madrid.

Gvardiol’s stock went through the roof after his brilliant performances for the Croatian national team at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

The 21-year-old had already been on the radars of top clubs before that, but his displays at the quadrennial tournament led to those teams firming up their interest in him.

One of Gvardiol’s strongest admirers are understood to be Real Madrid. Reports have suggested that club officials met with the defender’s entourage in December last year to hold talks about a potential move, although they believe that he might be out of their reach.

That is because several Premier League clubs, most prominently Manchester City, are also interested in Gvardiol, and the Merengues, who are already investing heavily to sign Jude Bellingham, might be unable to compete financially with the English champions.

However, the links with Gvardiol refuse to go away and the Croatian international was asked about the rumours of interest from the outgoing European champions, to which he said (h/t Fabrizio Romano):

“There is no need to spend words on such a big club. There will always be talk, but I’m under contract with Leipzig until 2027. We’ll see.”

As Gvardiol states, his contract with RB Leipzig runs until 2027, although there is understood to be a release clause worth €110 million, it will only become active in 2024.

So, if Real Madrid were indeed planning to go after the Croatian rising star, they would need to shell out a large sum of money, which seems unlikely as the Merengues have other positions as priorities at the moment.

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Real Madrid defender on the radars of Juventus, could leave for €6-8 million

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Real Madrid are looking towards a heavy splurge in the coming summer transfer window. After all, they do not even have another option given the sheer number of player departures already finalized.

Los Blancos have lost the services of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard over the past week. While three of the four players predominantly featured on the bench, their presence in the squad gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side much-needed depth and a cushion of sorts.

The forward unit is, thus, the most prioritized department ahead of the transfer window. However, pieces are beginning to fall apart on other fronts and could potentially put the club in a difficult situation.

According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are eyeing Lucas Vazquez and hope to sign him in the coming month. Contacts between the two parties have begun and the transfer fee discussed appears to be around the €6 million to €8 million ballpark given that he has just one year left on his contract.

The player, for his part, is willing to sign for the Italian giants given his relative lack of minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu. At 31 years of age, he understandably does not want to play a second-fiddle role.

Vasquez played part in 23 of Real Madrid’s 38 La Liga games last season, starting only on 12 occasions. Even in his few appearances, he averaged a mere 50 minutes per game.

The veteran completed the season with four goals and an assist to his name. Further, he averaged five defensive actions and a key pass in every game and feels hard done by his limited role.

Vazquez’s departure would place the club in a tricky situation as it would leave Real Madrid with only Dani Carvajal as a natural right-back option. Nacho Fernandez could, in theory, serve as the backup but a new signing for the position cannot be ruled out.

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