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.
Inter Milan star claims he is the best playmaker in the world, ahead of Real Madrid superstar
Hakan Calhanoglu raised many eyebrows in the summer of 2021 when he left AC Milan to join arch-rivals Inter Milan on a free transfer.
It was a move that surprised many, but more than two and a half years later, Calhanoglu’s acquisition has turned out to be a masterstroke from Inter Milan’s end.
During his time at Inter, the former HSV starlet has featured in 125 competitive matches, racking up 23 goals and 24 assists. He has eclipsed his AC Milan numbers, which is quite a feat to achieve.
Calhanoglu hails himself as the best playmaker
Hakan Calhanoglu’s performances have been particularly impressive in the ongoing campaign. The midfielder has been involved in 14 goals this term, including 11 goals.
In light of his performances, Calhanoglu has raised eyebrows by hailing himself as the best playmaker in the world, in a recent interview.
“I’m the best playmaker right now,” Calhanoglu said, shortly after Inter Milan’s narrow 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.
Calhanoglu ranks Toni Kroos as the ‘next best’ after him and Rodri
The Turkish international went on to name a few more players who he thinks are the best playmakers after him.
Calhanoglu notably mentioned Real Madrid superstar Toni Kroos, stating (h/t DAZN), “After me Rodri, then Toni Kroos, Kimmich and Enzo Fernández.”
The Turk’s decision to add Kroos to his list is highly surprising as the German maestro has been quite important to the Real Madrid team this season.
Even at the of 34, Kroos has remained an integral part of the Real Madrid midfield. His experience and leadership have been crucial in guiding an otherwise young midfield unit.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for another veteran Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.
The Croat is reportedly unhappy with his current role in the first team and is likely to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.