Man City’s pursuit of the highly-rated 21-year-old defender could make him the most expensive defender in football history, with a valuation of around £86m.
When questioned about the status of the deal, Eberl expressed surprise at the circulating reports and clarified that they are still far from reaching an agreement.
He emphasized that the player is present and has not undergone any medical checks to their knowledge, dismissing any notion of clandestine actions.
Currently, there is no agreement in place, not even close. Since joining the German club from Dynamo Zagreb in July 2021, the center-back has amassed an impressive record of 87 appearances.
In the previous season, he even managed to score against City in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, although RB Leipzig suffered a resounding 8-1 aggregate defeat.
Additionally, he has represented Croatia on the international stage, earning 21 caps.
Notably, he played a crucial role in helping his country secure a third-place finish in the 2022 World Cup and a runners-up position to Spain in this year’s Nations League.
Earlier in July, Eberl confirmed ongoing talks with the Premier League champions, although City has yet to submit a formal bid.
Recent reports had indicated that an agreement had been reached, surpassing the £80m fee Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire in 2019.
However, the current situation suggests that no such agreement has been reached.