Josko Gvardiol is on the verge of joining Manchester City this summer after the two clubs finally reached an agreement on a fixed fee, according to a new report.
The Premier League champions had identified the Croatia international central defender as their number one marquee signing for the ongoing summer transfer window several months ago, and have been huge admirers of his abilities for over 12 months.
Following his exemplary performances at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Manchester City’s interest heightened, and weeks before the official opening of the summer market, club officials kicked into action to try and fend off competition for the player.
Now, following some minor hiccups and delays in the process in recent days, a new report has revealed that Manchester City and RB Leipzig have now reached a full agreement on a transfer fee for the player, paving the way for the 21-year-old to complete the move.
According to the information of German newspaper BILD, Manchester City have agreed to pay a fixed transfer fee of €90 million, which will reportedly make Josko Gvardiol the most expensive defender in history.
The transfer is now expected to be made official in the next few days, and as a further indication towards the advanced nature of the deal, Gvardiol has been removed from the matchday squad for RB Leipzig’s friendly matches against St. Truiden and Altglienicke on Wednesday.
In a finer detail, and in addition to Manchester City’s €90 million transfer fee, BILD also reveal that there is an agreement in place for a friendly match between the two sides, which is expected to bring Leipzig a further €1.5 million should the game be sold-out.
Fabrizio Romano has also subsequently confirmed the fee, whilst also revealing that the player is scheduled to undergo his Manchester City medical on Friday should all go to plan with the two clubs ironing out the remaining details.
Following the official confirmation of the deal to sign Josko Gvardiol, Manchester City are expected to press ahead with further activity in the ongoing market, as they look towards recruitment in either central midfield or out wide.
City have so far identified Crystal Palace’s Michael Olise and Rennes’ Jeremy Doku as possible options, however have outlined a strict £50 million budget in the case of the Premier League forward.
Etihad officials may look towards central midfield should options in the wider areas be limited, and as such move the likes of Bernardo Silva or Phil Foden into the right-wing role where both players have proven effective on several prior occassions.
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