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Real Madrid plotting €90 million bid to sign World Cup star next summer



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Real Madrid have emerged as one of the clubs eyeing a move for Josko Gvardiol in the coming future. The reigning European giants have been left impressed by the defender’s performances for Croatia in the ongoing FIFA World Cup.

Los Blancos are even ready to take on Chelsea and Barcelona in the race to sign the RB Leipzig defender, who has raised many eyebrows with his rock-solid performances at the back.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t RM4Arab) has now offered an update on the situation suggesting that Real Madrid are planning to come up with a fresh €90 million bid in their attempt to sign Gvardiol.

The Croatian international, though, has a contract at Leipzig until 2027 and it will not be easy for Real Madrid to lure him away from Germany just yet. In fact, the report suggests Leipzig are looking for a figure of around €100 million for the defender.

But it appears Real Madrid are confident of overcoming the negotiations and sign the Croatian on a deal worth €90 million. The Spanish giants, after all, can offer excellent sporting prospects for the versatile centre-back, along with a lucrative salary.

Madrid’s desire to sign Gvardiol in the first place also stems from a deep-rooted issue in the defensive unit, which is the lack of depth.

One of their most reliable defenders in Nacho Fernandez is facing an uncertain future at the club, as his contract expires at the end of the season. David Alaba is not getting younger either, meaning the addition of a new centre-back could be paramount.

That is where Gvardiol comes into the fray. The RB Leipzig star might prove to be an ideal long-term fix for the central defensive slot. In addition, he can play as a left-back, which makes him a potential alternative for Ferland Mendy, thus making him a smart investment option for Los Blancos.

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Real Madrid have made Man City defensive target a top priority for the summer



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Although Antonio Rudiger has had success since joining Real Madrid last summer, the club are in need of more depth and players that can form the backbone of the defensive unit in the years to come.

As part of their plans, Real Madrid are prioritising a move for Josko Gvardiol in the coming summer, reports 90 Min.

The outlet suggests Gvardiol will be one of the most wanted prospects in the market, with both Real Madrid and Manchester City eyeing a move for the Croatian international come the end of the season.

Formerly of Dinamo Zagreb, Gvardiol has enjoyed immense success since his move to the Bundesliga in 2021. He has impressed onlookers with his skill, organisation and discipline, which, coupled with his versatility, make him an appealing target for any European giant.

Gvardiol was also one of the top performers at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, helping Croatia finish third in the competition. His performances have not gone unnoticed, with Real Madrid among the clubs who have been keeping an eye on the defender for a while now.

However, signing Gvardiol will be a tricky task for Los Blancos. The player still has a long-term contract at Leipzig and could cost up to €85 million, as reported by 90 Min. Not to mention, the competition from Man City could be significant.

Real Madrid have no shortage of alternatives, though, with the club notably closely monitoring Portuguese defensive whizkid Antonio Silva, among others. So it will be interesting to see how the Spanish giants approach the market in this coming summer.

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