Date: 20th July 2023 at 10:30am
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will be working hard to prepare his side for the upcoming season. 

Last term the Citizens completed a remarkable treble – winning the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup.

Ilkay Gundogan has since departed The Etihad to join Barcelona, with fellow midfielder Mateo Kovacic joining the club from Chelsea.

Now, though, it appears that City could be set to complete a huge signing.

According to The Guardian, City have agreed a deal to sign RB Leipzig centre-back Josko Gvardiol.

The defender has been in fine form for the Bundesliga outfit over the past two seasons, having joined the club from Dinamo Zagreb in 2021.

In total he has made 87 appearances across all competitions, including 41 last term.

The report claims that Gvardiol has already completed the first part of his medical ahead of the move, with personal terms having been agreed a month ago.

Gvardiol is expected to join Manchester City, with the two clubs having agreed a fee

The Croatia international is currently contracted to Leipzig until 2027 and his current side have reportedly been holding firm on their £86.7 million valuation of the player, although it remains to be seen what figure the two clubs have agreed.

The 21-year-old will bolster Guardiola’s backline and the Croat will compete with the likes of John Stones, Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake, Manuel Akanji, and Aymeric Laporte for a starting spot.

Last year, Gvardiol helped Croatia to a third-placed finish at the World Cup in Qatar, with the defender scoring as they beat Morocco 2-1 in the third-place play-off.

His versatility will also be useful for Guardiola, with the former Dinamo Zagreb man capable of playing at left-back as well as his most natural central defensive role.

Last summer, the defender was said to be the subject of interest from a number of top European clubs after impressing during his first season in Germany.

Chelsea were among those reportedly chasing the player, but it appears that he is now set for a move to Manchester.

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