Manchester City have secured promising Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol from RB Leipzig for a whopping €90m. According to the latest information, the young defender will become one of the most expensive signings in English football history.
21-year-old Gvardiol has been impressing with his versatility, defensive aggressiveness and technical ability since his Dinamo Zagreb debut, attracting the interest of several elite clubs in Europe. However, as publishedSky Sports‘, it will be Manchester City who finally secure their signing and continue to strengthen their squad in their quest for titles and glory.
Despite the high cost, Gvardiol hasn’t become the most expensive defender in history as that accolade continues to go to Harry Maguire, whose transfer to Manchester United was completed in 2019 for €93m. However, signing Gvardiol represents a major expense for the hometown club and underscores the growing value of young talent in the transfer market.
The money is distributed
In addition, Dinamo Zagreb has an additional benefit thanks to a clever clause in the transfer. By retaining between 15% and 20% of Gvardiol’s transfer at the time of his move to RB Leipzig, the Croatian club will receive a substantial sum of money towards the player’s eventual sale to Manchester City. This shows that clubs are increasingly focusing on incorporating rights retention and compensation mechanisms to maximize profits from future transfers.
The young central defender will be part of a star constellation at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola. His addition further strengthens a solid defense and gives Guardiola more tactical options in defence.