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Josko Gvardiol to join Manchester City in record-breaking £77.6 million deal

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Manchester City have reached an agreement with RB Leipzig to sign centre-back Josko Gvardiol in a record-breaking deal worth £77.6 million.

While it is not the highest fee ever paid for a centre-back (that record belongs to Harry Maguire at £80 million), it does surpass the amount Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk (£75 million).

Gvardiol, a 21-year-old Croatian player, played a crucial role in his nation’s success in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

He joined Leipzig in the summer of 2021 for €18.8 million and won two DFB-Pokal trophies during his time at the club.

His market value is currently estimated at €75 million.

This signing continues a trend of Croatian players joining Manchester City, following Mateo Kovacic’s move from Chelsea earlier in the summer transfer window for a fee of over £25 million.

The team has already experienced the loss of key players this summer, including Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez.

Gvardiol is expected to fill the left-back/centre-back role currently held by Nathan Ake.

Red Bull Leipzig has signed El Chadaille Bitshiabu as a replacement for Gvardiol, with Bitshiabu having a similar profile to the outgoing talent.

Manchester City recently concluded their pre-season tour of South-East Asia with a 2-1 loss to Atletico Madrid in South Korea.

Their next match will be the Community Shield against Arsenal, marking the start of the new campaign.

This article was updated 3 months ago

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