Manchester City and the star defender have finally agreed on a cost of £77.5 million, with a medical expected for Friday. Manchester City are on the verge of completing the signing of Josko Gvardiol after agreeing to a fee of £77.5 million (€90 million) with RB Leipzig.
Pep Guardiola has been after the 21-year-old defender all summer, but the two clubs originally couldn’t agree on a transfer deal.
RB Leipzig reportedly set an August 12 deadline for Manchester City to strike an agreement because they wanted enough time to locate a quality replacement for Gvardiol.
Finally, today, City and Leipzig managed to agree on the fee, paving the way for the Croatian defender to join the Premier League champions.
Manchester City and Leipzig are ironing out final details of agreement for Joško Gvardiol deal — to be signed by end of the week 🚨🔵🇭🇷 #MCFC
Player to have medical on Friday, if all goes to plan.
Deal in place for €90m fee, Gvardiol set to become the most expensive CB ever. pic.twitter.com/DWO1s0QLD7
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 2, 2023
The fee agreed is just below the £80m Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire in 2019 which made him the most expensive defender in the world.
Once the deal is finalized, Gvardiol will become Manchester City’s second signing of the summer, following the signing of Mateo Kovacic from Chelsea for £25 million.