Sky Sports Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg has revealed that Real Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona have now entered the race for Tottenham target Josko Gvaridol.
Gvardiol was first linked with a move to Tottenham during the summer transfer window (Football.London) and reports over recent months have backed the North London club to reignite their interest in the centre-back ahead of January (TuttoMercatoWeb).
It has been suggested over recent weeks that Spurs and Chelsea were the front-runners for the 20-year-old’s signature (Tuttosport) with some publications reporting that the Blues are optimistic about snapping up the defender (90 min).
However, it now appears that Gvardiol’s impressive performances at the World Cup have captured the attention of other big hitters around Europe.
Plettenberg took to social media to reveal that Man Utd, Real Madrid and Barcelona are also ‘highly involved’ in the race for the RB Leipzig star.
The journalist also backed up the information reported by others over recent weeks that there is no release clause in the Croat’s contract at the Red Bull Arena.
Here’s what Plettenberg tweeted:
News #Gvardiol: We’ve been told: NO release clause in his contract until 2027. But lots of top clubs informed about him for 2023. #CFC, #MUFC, Real and Barcelona highly involved. For Tuchel he was the main target. Boehly also focused on him. NO contact with Bayern. @SkySportDE 🇭🇷 pic.twitter.com/XQsOqjzpEx
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) December 5, 2022
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If there is no release clause in Gvardiol’s contract, Leipzig’s asking price could well be around the £70m-£80m mark, given the number of clubs that have expressed interest in the centre-back. That would likely rule Spurs out of the race for the Croat and I expect the North London club to turn their attention to cheaper alternatives like Bastoni, Ndicka or Hincapie.
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