Manchester City have agreed a £78 million deal for RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol.
The Cityzens made Gvardiol their major defensive target this summer but were at loggerheads with Leipzig over the player’s valuation.
But according to reports by Goal, City have reached an agreement with the German club that will see them pay £78m for the 21-year-old.
The fee falls just shy of the record £80m fee for a defender that Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire in 2019 and has no add-ons.
City should confirm the signing in the next few days, with the defender expected to be in the matchday squad when Pep Guardiola’s side take on Arsenal in the community Sheild on Sunday.
The Croatian defender was in the stands in City’s double header of fixtures against Sint-Truidense and Altglienicke.
Meanwhile, Gvardiol’s old club Dinamo Zagreb, will receive 20 per cent of the transfer fee, which would represent major income for the country’s biggest club.