Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol has reached an agreement on personal terms with Manchester City ahead of a move to the Etihad this summer, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The Citizens have concluded negotiations with the 21-year-old centre-back over a potential transfer, and have agreed personal terms with the defender. Gvardiol dreams of a move to the Premier League and will be keen to join the league’s best team.
Negotiations will now take place between Manchester City and Leipzig over a transfer fee for the 21-year-old, who has a market value of around £64.5m.
Manchester City set to complete Josko Gvardiol signing
Leipzig have made their stance clear with Gvardiol as they will not stand in the way of a deal for him, provided that his fee is a world-record for a defender. The 21-year-old is expected to cost more than the £80m Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire.
Understand Manchester City have now agreed personal terms with Joško Gvardiol 🚨🔵 #MCFC
Pep Guardiola rates Joško highly.
Talks will take place between clubs; RB Leipzig hope to keep Gvardiol, won’t sell for less than €100m.
Leipzig want Joško to be most expensive CB ever. pic.twitter.com/aRpzjKnzHb
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 24, 2023
Chelsea were close to signing Gvardiol last summer and in January but pulled out of a deal for the defender as they deemed him too expensive. It is widely expected that the Citizens will pull off a transfer for the Croatian.
Manchester City have already completed a deal for Mateo Kovacic and are in the running for Declan Rice, as Pep Guardiola looks to refresh his squad following their treble win. Gvardiol will be a good addition to the Citizens ahead of next season.