Official | Manchester City sign Joško Gvardiol from RB Leipzig

Manchester City have announced the signing of Joško Gvardiol from RB Leipzig. 

The Croatian international has become the most expensive defender in the world, surpassing the €87m that Manchester United paid to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester City in 2019.

As part of the deal, RB Leipzig will receive a fixed €90m with the Bundesliga side receiving a further €10m through various bonus payments, which would see Manchester City break the €100m barrier to sign the defender.

Gvardiol signed for Leipzig from Dinamo Zagreb in 2021 for just short of €19m, and the Croatian side will receive 15% of the transfer fee Leipzig receives.

During his time with the Saxons, the 21-year-old made 87 appearances and won two DFB Pokals. 

Upon signing for City, the defender explained: “I have always dreamed of one day playing in England and to be doing so now with Manchester City – after the season they have just had – is a real honour for me.”

So who will replace Gvardiol? Leipzig have already signed left-footed defender El Chadaille Bitshiabu (18) from PSG for a reported €15m. Leipzig are also in concrete negotiations with Lyon to sign Castello Lukeba (20). 

GGFN | Jamie Allen

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