Josko Gvardiol could have his Manchester City medical as soon as Friday, with the Premier League champions likely to pay a record €90 million fee.

Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Josko Gvardiol will have his Manchester City medical on Friday if all goes to plan. By that, he means the two clubs will have to agree on a fee for the Croatian defender, who could become the world’s most expensive centre-back.

Manchester City had started accelerating a move for Josko Gvardiol as soon as they bowed out of the race for Declan Rice. The Cityzens were ready to commit a huge sum to sign the now Arsenal midfielder. But the Gunners were eager and hungry to pip them out of the race.

Since then, Pep Guardiola has switched his attention to a pressing need in his backline and wanted to bring a left-footed centre-back on priority. There are hardly any high-quality options in the market and hence chose to go for the best available option, Josko Gvardiol.

The 21-year-old Bundesliga star has been immense in the last few years and also played a starring role for Croatia at the World Cup. RB Leipzig had always stood firm on their demand for a world record fee if any clubs wanted to take Gvardiol.

A while ago, Fabrizio Romano came in for massive criticism for running his typical ‘Here We Go’ tweet confirming Manchester City had reached an agreement with Leipzig for the defender. The news turned out false, as the two clubs are still discussing talks to find a breakthrough.

There were suggestions for a possible hijack of this deal, but Gvardiol always wanted to join Manchester City, which will likely happen. Romano insists that if all goes to plan, the 21-year-old Bundesliga star could have his medical on Friday.

Romano also insists on a €90 million fee for Gvardiol, which would break the previous record set by Manchester United when they purchased Harry Maguire from Leicester City. The Croatian could likely replace Aymeric Laporte in this Manchester City side, with the Spaniard attracting plenty of interest.

After a period of uncertainty, this deal for Gvardiol has all the characteristics to go through, and the Croatian will soon wear the blue of Manchester. After that, Guardiola could look at bringing in replacements for departed stars Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez.

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