£77m ‘gladiator is out of Levy’s league’ at Hotspur Way


Tottenham Hotspur target Josko Gvardiol is out of his league because of his astronomical price tag, Daily Express reporter Ryan Taylor tells GiveMeSport.

The 20-year-old has been linked with a move away from RB Leipzig since last summer and appears to have sparked even more interest in his services after an impressive World Cup performance with Croatia.

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Italian outlet Sports Message have claimed Chelsea, Tottenham, Juventus and Real Madrid are keen to sign Guardiol, but his agent Marjan Sisic has claimed his client is “in no rush” to move on.

“Regarding a possible transfer in the summer of 2023, we are in no rush, and I can make it clear that there are no pre-agreements with any club,” said Sisic. Sky Sport Germany.

“For sure many top clubs have shown interest in him, but Josko has a long-term contract in Leipzig.”

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Meanwhile, French exit Foot Market have claimed that Chelsea are already involved in a bidding war for Guardiol with Premier League rivals Manchester City and Manchester United.

City are said to have offered £85m plus add-ons, while the Blues and United have tabled bids of between £77m and £82m for the in-demand centre-back.

What has Taylor said about Guardiol?

Tottenham’s record signing at the moment is Tanguy Ndombele, who arrived for £63m from Lyon in 2019.

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And Taylor has told GMS he believes Guardiol could be out of the north London outfit’s price range with Daniel Levy, a notoriously tough negotiator.

He said: “I think it was accepted last summer that he was already out of Spurs’ price range because Chelsea had an offer worth around €80m rejected by Leipzig, which included spending a year on loan at the club so it’s out of Spurs’ league.”

How did Guardiol perform at the World Cup?

Guardiol played every minute of Croatia’s run to the World Cup semi-finals in Qatar, with Taylor even calling him “sublime” and “gladiator”, but he couldn’t prevent his country from losing by 3-0 against Argentina.

Seconds who scoredThe 6-foot-1 ace averaged 1.3 steals, 5.5 digs and 0.7 blocks per game throughout the event, placing him in the top three for each metric among his teammates.

His excellent displays led compatriot Borna Barisic to say that God has given Guardiol “everything in football” and that he plays as if he already has 100 games under his belt.

Guardiol’s World Cup performances may have boosted his price even further, with Tottenham unlikely to come out on top in a bidding war with Europe’s elite clubs.

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