Manchester City have agreed to sign centre-back Joshko Gbardiol. It is expected to pay RB Leipzig a huge sum of £77m (approximately 127 billion won).메이저놀이터
British ‘BBC’ reported that Manchester City had agreed to sign Gvardiol. It looks like an astronomical amount will be paid, but it is not a new record for centre-back transfer fees. The basic transfer fee of £77 million is all there is, and there are no additional options. That falls just short of the record for an English defender Manchester United paid Leicester City for Harry Maguire in 2019.
Gbardiol will fly to England to undergo a medical and is expected to become a Manchester City player soon.
Gvardiol, who has been very active in Leipzig, is still only 21 years old, so his growth potential remains. Among the many center backs who handle the ball well, his technique stands out as the best. He handles the ball gently and can contribute greatly to the build-up. He also has quick feet and his range is wide. He is often cited as an example of a centre-back with modern capabilities in many ways. In the last ‘2022 Qatar World Cup’, he led the defense of the Croatian national team and received global attention.
In particular, the fact that he is left-footed seems to have strongly tempted Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Manchester City’s left-footed star centre-back Emric Laporte is likely to leave. He also has Nathan Arke but is more of a left-back. Gbardiol seems to have judged that he fits well with the unique 3-2-4-1 formation currently used by Man City, and is a must-have player to leave the left center back when returning to the four-back later.
Manchester City, which had been sluggish in recruiting this summer, is expected to start a full-fledged move by signing midfielder Mateo Kovacic and then Gbardiol. Man City needs to reinforce the squad as Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez have already left and additional departures are expected.