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Manchester City making ‘no meaningful progress’ in pursuit of Bundesliga star in latest transfer setback

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Manchester City have scheduled a new round of talks with RB Leipzig after struggling to make any progress in negotiations for Josko Gvardiol.

Pep Guardiola is looking to add another Croatian international to his Manchester City squad ahead of the Sky Blues’ tour of East Asia later this month, with former Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic having already completed a move to the Etihad Stadium.

RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol played a crucial role for Croatia at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar and also enjoyed another impressive campaign in the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig, as Manchester City look to bolster their defence prior to the new season.

Gvardiol made 41 appearances for RB Leipzig last season, including featuring against Manchester City in the Champions League last-16, where the 21 year-old scored the equalising goal in the first-leg.

The versatile defender has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League champions, with Guardiola a huge admirer of the Croatian centre-back.

Gvardiol has previously agreed personal terms with Manchester City, however negotiations with RB Leipzig have seemingly hit a stumbling block, with the two clubs currently unable to agree on a fee for the 21 year-old.

The Bundesliga club are widely claimed to be holding out for €100 million to sell the centre-back, who has a €110 million release clause which becomes active in 2024.

Manchester City are yet to reach that figure, with Fabrizio Romano revealing that a new round of talks have been scheduled, with the aim to make ‘decisive steps’ on a transfer next week.

The new round of talks comes after Manuel Veth revealed that ‘no meaningful progress’ had been made over the last few days, with RB Leipzig also yet to formalise interest in a replacement for the Croatian international.

The journalist reports that despite the setback, the deal is not off, but that Gvardiol’s potential move to the Etihad Stadium ‘could take some time.’

City travel to East Asia for three pre-season matches against Yokohama F. Marinos, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid prior to the FA Community Shield clash against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in August.

The Blues then begin their Premier League title defence against Burnley on Friday 11th August.

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