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Real Madrid among four clubs keen on Croatian international starring at the World Cup



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RB Leipzig and Croatia defender Josko Gvardiol has the world at his feet. At just 20 years of age, the towering defender has attracted a lot of attention from top clubs across Europe, among which are Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

According to Sky Germany’s Florian Plettenberg, the aforementioned teams are highly interested in signing the Leipzig defender. 

It must be noted that he is only in his second season with Leipzig and has a contract with the German team until 2027. Now, initial rumours suggested that he had a release clause in his deal but Plettenberg mentions that there is no buyout clause in his deal.

Furthermore, while many teams are interested in his acquisition in 2023, the player is not really in a rush to make a decision, quotes his agent Marjan Sisic.

“Regarding a possible transfer in summer 2023 we are not in a hurry and I can make clear that there are no pre-agreements with any clubs,” Marjan was quoted by Plettenberg.

“For sure, a lot of top clubs have informed about him but Josko has a long-term contract in Leipzig. Josko feels totally happy in Leipzig. His development is amazing and RB is playing very good under Marco Rose,” he added.

As far as Real Madrid are concerned, they might look to add a new centre-back if a certain Nacho Fernandez ends up leaving at the end of the season. 

The 32-year-old has only played seven league games for the team this season and while his presence is very much appreciated by his teammates, he might look to pursue the rest of his career elsewhere.

As reported before, the veteran defender is wanted by as many as two Premier League sides, namely, Aston Villa and Wolves.

So if the 32-year-old ends up leaving, Real Madrid could be forced to make a new signing and Gvardiol could well and truly be the one. However, with several other top clubs in the running, and there being no release clause in his contract, it could prove to be an expensive operation.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash



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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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