The most high-profile transfers are still expected on the summer football market. However, one record has already been broken, and not only when it comes to the current transfer window.
The Croatian national team member Josko Guardiol becomes the most expensive defender in the history of football. As the German Bild writes, Guardiol is moving from Leipzig to Manchester City for amazing price.
According to the same source, Leipzig accepted an offer of 90 million euros! That’s 10 million less than they asked for, but however they made a huge amount of money. Bild also writes that in addition to Leipzig’s money, they agreed to play a friendly match with City, where the club’s board believe they can earn another 1.500.000 euros.
Josko Guardiol is 21 years old and grew up in Dinamo Zagreb. Two years ago, he went to Leipzig in a transfer worth 18.8 million euros.
He signed a five-year contract with the new club and said that his dream of playing in the English Premier League has come true. On the other hand, Citizens got the most talented stopper in Europe without equal, and also a player who already has a lot of experience in senior football and whose development is on an incredible rise.
“I always dreamed that one day I would play in England. And it is a special honor for me that it will be in Manchester City and that after the season the club had. Everyone who watched Manchester City last season knows that it is the best team in the world. Coming to this club is something special for me and my family. It will be a great thing to work under Pep Guardiola. I know that I am not done with my development as a player yet, and I am sure that I will improve playing for the best coach in the world” said Guardiol after signing the contract. At City, Guardiola’s teammate will be national team mate Mateo Kovačić, who arrived from Chelsea earlier this summer.
The Croatian national team player, who commanded the defense of the national team at the recent World Cup in Qatar, started his professional career as a football player in Dinamo Zagreb.
The new stopper of the Citizens is absolutely rightfully considered one of the best young defenders in the world. Although he is only 21 years old, he impresses with his calmness, control of the ball, fearless attitude.
The previous record holder among defenders was Harry Maguire, for whom Manchester United paid Leicester 87 million euros. Dinamo, the Guardiol’s former club, will also earn from this transfer, 14 million euros belong to the team from Zagreb.
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