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  • Updated: August 02, 2023

Man City Agree £77 Million Deal With Leipzig For Gvardiol

Man City Agree £77 Million Deal With Leipzig For Gvardiol

Manchester City have agreed a deal worth £77 Million (€90 million) with RB Leipzig for Croatia defender Josko Gvardiol.

The deal for the 21-year-old does not include add-ons and is just shy of the £80 million Manchester United paid Leicester City for Harry Maguire in 2019, a British record transfer fee for a defender.

He is due to have his medical at the end of this week, with City hoping to unveil him by the end of the week or after the Community Shield fixture against Arsenal on Sunday.

City believes that the defender will bolster their defence given that Pep Guardiola converted central defenders such as Nathan Ake, Manuel Akanji and John Stones to full-backs in the season just gone.

Should all go as expected, he will become City's second major signing of the summer following the arrival of fellow Croatian Mateo Kovacic from Chelsea in June for an initial £25 million.

Gvardiol moved to Leipzig from Dynamo Zagreb in 2021 and has been a key player for Leipzig in the 87 games he played.

He helped Leipzig qualify twice for the Champions League during his time in Germany as they finished fourth and third in the Bundesliga.

However, Leipzig were eliminated twice by City, finishing third in a group topped by the Premier League champions in 2021-22 and losing 8-1 over two legs in the round of 16 last season, including a 7-0 defeat at the Etihad.

Gvardiol has scored twice in his 21 caps for Croatia and was included in the squad that helped his country to a third-place finish at the 2022 Qatar World Cup and a second-place finish in this year's Nations League.

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