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Manchester City Hoping To Launch A Move For This Bundesliga Defender: Should Pep Move In?

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In a recent report, journalist Alfredo Pedulla stated that Manchester City are hoping to launch a move for Red Bull Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol. It has been claimed that Man City are ready to make a big move to bring the Croatia international to the Etihad Stadium next year.

Gvardiol’s Solid Run Of Form In German Football

Gvardiol is having a solid campaign at the Red Bull Arena as he has continued to be a rock at the back for Leipzig over the past few months. He has even enjoyed a decent 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament with Croatia.

The 20-year-old has been involved in 19 matches for the German club this season, finding the back of the net once in various competitions. Gvardiol has been a dominant presence on the defensive end of the field based on his average of 0.6 interceptions, 1.5 clearances, 0.5 shots and 0.6 dribbles per game in the Bundesliga. He has even been tidy when distributing the ball from the back after making 89.1% of his attempted passes in the German top tier (stats via whoscored).

Gvardiol is under contract at Leipzig until the summer of 2027. Hence, Man City will have to launch a convincing offer if they want to bring the Croat defensive ace to England next year.

Etihad Stadium
Etihad Stadium

Should Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola Move In For Gvardiol?

Gvardiol can use his strong 1.85m frame to win a few aerial duels for his side and remains a good tackler of the ball. He is usually quick to spot the danger and can make a few timely interceptions for his side on the defensive end of the pitch. The Croatia international loves to clear the danger when at risk of being exposed at the back and is an accurate passer of the ball as well.

Someone with Gvardiol’s skillset and potential will no doubt be an excellent signing for Man City boss Pep Guardiola. We can expect him to add more bite and steel to the Mancunian club‘s defence and help them bring even more success back to the Etihad Stadium in the coming seasons.

At 20, Gvardiol has got a bright future ahead of him and could go on to become a real asset in Guardiola’s squad over the next few years. With all things considered, Man City should think about trying everything in their power to snap the Croat talent up this winter or at end of this season.

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