Manchester City have been told to pay the full asking price for Josko Gvardiol to end the ongoing transfer saga.
RB Leipzig is demanding their full asking price to be paid as they believe they will have to pay a premium price in the market for a replacement for the Croatian international.
Reports earlier in the week had suggested that the deal was close. The German club have since said that isn’t the case as the negotiations drag on.
Simon Mullock of the Mirror has reported that the DFB Pokal winners have set their asking price for their young star and won’t budge on it.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) July 22, 2023
The German club’s director of sport Max Eberl also put to rest the reports that Gvardiol had already undergone the first part of his medical. Speaking to the media at Leipzig’s pre-season camp in Austria he said: “Gvardiol is here in Tirol with us. He hasn’t done a medical chance and I don’t think he did it behind our backs because he is a total professional. Gvardiol is really up for it and also likes what we have built. Man City have said they would like him and Josko has said he can imagine the move very, very well.”
Eberl went onto to add the champions haven’t come near their valuation of the player during negotiations, adding: “But Pep’s club have failed to come anywhere near the price we want. We are still very far apart.”
With the negotiations for Josko Gvardiol set to continue on, the treble winners appear set for another round of talks to secure their major target this transfer window.