According to Christian Falk, RB Leipzig are trying to tie Josko Gvardiol to a new contract amid interest from Tottenham.
What is the story?
Well, Manchester City and Chelsea are also interested in signing the 20-year-old.
In fact, Chelsea plan to offer Timo Werner to RB Leipzig as they attempt to negotiate a deal for Gvardiol.
It comes after Tottenham were asked to pay £60m if they wanted to sign the Croatia international.
Now RB Leipzig are trying to make life even harder for the Premier League trio in their pursuit of Gvardiol as Falk believes the Bundesliga outfit are trying to sign him to a new contract.
Interestingly, the BILD reporter adds that any new deal would include a release clause.
Falk also says Manchester City made an offer for Gvardiol, which was rejected by RB Leipzig.
This comes after Pep Guardiola lost Aymeric Laporte to a knee injury until September.
The interest in Gvardiol comes after he made 44 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring two goals while providing three assists.
Tottenham don’t need Josko Gvardiol
In our opinion, Fabio Paratici should explore other options.
£60m for a 20-year-old is a huge risk for Tottenham in their search for a new centre-back, and it’s a deal that could easily backfire, despite Gvardiol’s talent.
Moreover, the price could rise further with Manchester City and Chelsea – two financial titans – involved in the bidding.
Should Tottenham pursue the deal, we fear they will waste their time, especially with other options that Antonio Conte would be more confident in.
For example, the Italian could sign Alessandro Bastoni or Milan Skriniar, both of whom helped him win the Serie A title with Inter Milan in 2021 – interestingly, Spurs have both on their shortlist.
Keep an eye on this situation as we expect Tottenham to sign another centre-back this summer.
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