Sports director Max Eberl from RB Leipzig has denied an agreement to transfer defender Josko Gvardiol to Manchester City. “It is the case that Manchester City has stated that they would like to have him. It is that Josko has indicated that he can very well imagine that,” said Eberl on Friday. Both clubs are still “very far apart” in the negotiations.
At the training camp in South Tyrol, Eberl added: “There is no agreement, not even remotely an agreement.” A transfer fee of 100 million euros for the defender, who has a contract in Leipzig until 2027, is under discussion. At the same time, Eberl commented on reports by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano that an agreement had been reached between RB and City and that Gvardiol had already completed parts of the medical check.
“A lot was written anyway and the latest information about Josko surprised us all. But as you can see: Josko is here – so it’s not true. He didn’t do a medical check – not that we know. And I don’t think he did it behind our backs because he’s just a full professional,” said Eberl.
In the event that Gvardiol should stay, Eberl ruled out further additions: “Then we are very well positioned. There is definitely hope that Josko will stay. We are fighting for that. We are open. We are not one to block or barricade anything. But we also have our ideas. We want to see them implemented. And if they are not implemented, Josko will stay with us and we have a very good squad.”