Josko Gvardiol has become one of the most sought-after defenders in Europe, especially since his move to RB Leipzig. He was even a top performer for Croatia during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, helping the 2018 runners-up attain a third-place finish in the competition.
Gvardiol impressed the onlookers with his disciplined performances at the back, along with his versatility. The defender, after all, can operate at left-back and is known for his technical prowess.
The 20-year-old’s performances have not gone unnoticed, with multiple European clubs eyeing a move for the RB Leipzig starlet.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra) has offered an update on the future of Gvardiol. He suggests that there have already been contacts with clubs from Spain for the services of the Croatian international.
This comes as a rather curious as Real Madrid are believed to be one of the clubs involved in the race to sign Gvardiol. The youngster has been targeted as part of the club’s plan to reinforce the defensive unit, especially in the midst of uncertainty around the future of Nacho Fernandez.
Not to mention, Los Blancos are without a proper alternative at left-back for Ferland Mendy, who himself has become a subject of interest for other clubs and may leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.
To that end, Gvardiol can be an excellent option as the Croatian prodigy can operate as a centre-back as well as a left-back. And at just 20, he could become an ideal long-term asset for the Spanish giants, as they look to build a solid base in the defensive department.
Luring Gvardiol away from Leipzig, though, will be a costly affair considering the youngster had joined the Bundesliga giants only in the summer of 2021.
Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Atletico Madrid | La Liga
As Real Madrid gear up for their biggest test of the 2023/24 season so far against Atletico Madrid, manager Carlo Ancelotti has released the squad list for the game at the Civitas Metropolitano.
The biggest news is the inclusion of star forward Vinicius Jr in the squad, with the Brazilian seemingly making an ultra-swift recovery from his injury to make himself available for the Madrid derby.
Meanwhile, Jude Bellingham also makes the squad list after there were some concerns about his situation as he had a stomach issue on Friday.
Arda Guler has trained with the team but is still not ready for his debut while Dani Carvajal also misses out with injury. Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao remain long-term absentees.
Ferland Mendy makes a return to the squad list for a La Liga match after having recovered fully from his injury.
Youngster Nico Paz is still missing due to a knock that led to his absence in the midweek Champions League clash against Union Berlin.