MANCHESTER CITY have joined the race to sign RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol, according to reports.
The Sky Blues are on the hunt for a new full-back following the departure of Oleksandr Zinchenko, who joined Arsenal in a £32million move last month.
Brighton left-back Marc Cucurella was originally at the top of Pep Guardiola’s transfer wishlist, but City were not willing to pay the £50m asking price set by The Seagulls.
As a result, club chiefs have now started to consider alternative options.
And according to German outlet Bild, they have already bid £66m for Gvardiol.
The club had been interested in signing the 20-year-old Croatia international for a long time before committing to a bid.
However, RB Leipzig have reportedly knocked back the offer with no intention of selling him.
Gvardiol made his Bundesliga debut for The Red Bulls in August 2021 and has since made 29 league appearances.
He scored two goals and assisted two during his first season in Germany’s top division, helping RB Leipzig to a top-four finish.
His impressive form has seen him attract the interest of some of Europe’s top club’s, including Man City.
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But, Chelsea are also known to be interested in a potential swoop.
The Blues reportedly offered Timo Werner back to RB Leipzig as part of a swap deal which would see Gvardiol make the move to Stamford Bridge, but the German side swiftly rejected the offer.