Manchester City has finalized the signing of Croatian center-back Josko Gvardiol on a five-year contract from RB Leipzig for a transfer fee of 90 million euros (£77 million).
With this transfer fee, Gvardiol becomes the second most expensive defender of all time, following Harry Maguire, who joined Manchester United for £80 million from Leicester City in 2019.
Gvardiol, who is 21 years old, showcased his talent and potential during his two seasons at Leipzig after making the move from Dynamo Zagreb in July 2021.
His impressive performances have caught the attention of top clubs, and Manchester City has secured his move to bolster their defensive lineup for the upcoming seasons.
“I have always dreamed of one day playing in England,” he said.
“To be doing so now with Manchester City – after the season they have just had – is a real honour for me.”
Josko Gvardiol, who has earned 21 caps for the Croatian national team, played a crucial role in helping Croatia achieve a third-place finish at the 2022 World Cup and reach the runners-up position in this year’s Nations League, losing to Spain.
Upon joining Manchester City, Gvardiol will don the number 24 shirt for the club.
“Anyone who saw Manchester City play last season knows they are the best team in the world. To win the treble says everything you need to know about the quality this team has,” he added.
“To be joining City is something very special for me and my family. To have the chance to work with Pep Guardiola will be amazing. I know I am not yet the finished article and I am sure my game will progress under the best coach in football.
“To be linking up with [Croatia midfielder] Mateo Kovacic will also be special.”