Former Premier League footballer Anton Ferdinand recently expressed his surprise at Manchester City’s serious pursuit of Josko Gvardiol. Ferdinand, speaking on the FIVE YouTube channel, shared his honest opinion about the potential transfer. According to him, Manchester City does not require the services of Gvardiol, which is why he is puzzled by their interest in signing him.
Anton Ferdinand Surprised at Manchester City’s Interest in Gvardiol
While Ferdinand questions the logic behind Manchester City’s pursuit, the potential departure of Aymeric Laporte and Pep Guardiola’s plan to continue playing with four center-backs create a need for reinforcement. Gvardiol’s arrival could bring a generational talent to the team and future-proof their defense.
Mateo Kovacic has hailed Josko Gvardiol as “phenomenal.” He has already gained recognition as a rare talent in his position. His performances during the 2022 World Cup showcased his exceptional defensive abilities, precise passing, and impressive ball-carrying skills.
City’s Transfer Update
Manchester City signed Mateo Kovacic as a replacement after Ilkay Gundogan departed upon the expiration of his contract. However, little activity has taken place since then, apart from the sale of promising youngsters.
Manchester City swiftly rejected a £95 million bid for Declan Rice and walked away when Arsenal increased their offer to £105 million. With Jude Bellingham already accounted for, there are no standout midfield targets, allowing City to shift their attention to Gvardiol. Pep Guardiola aims to strengthen the defensive options, particularly with potential departures of Joao Cancelo and Aymeric Laporte. Gvardiol has become their top target.
The Bundesliga side, RB Leipzig, demands £85 million plus performance-related bonuses for Gvardiol. Although City has yet to meet the valuation, all parties expect a deal to be done. Furthermore, the 21-year-old’s arrival would lower the average age of the defense, provide long-term stability, and form a formidable partnership with Ruben Dias.
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