Arsenal interested in signing €35m-rated Croatia international

Arsenal could target Josko Gvardiol as a possible defensive signing, with Man City also interested in the RB Leipzig centre-back. The London giants have been on the market for a footballer of a similar profile, but Pep Guardiola’s side could pose problems in their pursuit.

The Gunners have been quiet in the transfer window since signing Croatia international from Man City. Arsenal had priorities in this market, and one of them involved bringing in a left-sided centre-back. There have been several targets, but only a few fit well with the Spanish manager’s requirements.

Lisandro Martinez was Mikel Arteta’s top target, but a growing transfer battle with Man United proved fruitless for Arsenal. Arsenal have since cooled their interest in the Argentine defender, while Man United are likely to close the deal after agreeing on terms with the Ajax centre-back.

Gvardiol has emerged as an alternative defensive target for the Gunners. While the report insists Josko could be a possible replacement for William Saliba, the RB Leipzig defender’s profile fits more in the Lisandro Martinez mould.

The 20-year-old centre-back can play in the two positions Mikel Arteta earmarked for his new defensive signing and could provide competition to Gabriel Magalhaes and Kieran Tierney.

RB Leipzig only acquired him for €20m a season ago, and his displays have warranted a transfer to a bigger team. Man City are also keen on the Croatian, as the PL champions enter the market for a new centre-back.