Man City find ‘loophole’ to avoid Josko Gvardiol add-ons as RB Leipzig transfer nears completion
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Manchester City have found a loophole to avoid paying add-ons in their deal to bring RB Leipzig man Josko Gvardiol to the Etihad Stadium.
On Wednesday afternoon, it was widely reported that a fee of €90 million has been agreed between the two clubs.
As the transfer edges ever closer to completion, more details surrounding the structure of the deal have emerged.
According to German news outlet BILD, instead of paying performance-related add-ons within the deal, City will instead play a friendly match against Leipzig, with all money made from the match going to the Bundesliga side.
Instead of add-ons included in #ManCity's €90M deal for Josko Gvardiol, RB Leipzig will play a friendly match against @ManCity in the future with all money made from the game going to the Bundesliga club.— City Xtra (@City_Xtra) August 4, 2023
According to transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano, City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Gvardiol is undergoing his medical tests.
He said: “Joško Gvardiol is doing a medical test. Hopefully, we can finish the deal in the next few days.”
On other potential new signings, Guardiola said: “I don’t know if we are finished in the transfer market, still some more I think”
Pep Guardiola confirms: “Joško Gvardiol is doing a medical test. Hopefully we can finish the deal in the next few days...”. 🇭🇷— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 4, 2023
👀 On new signings: “I don’t know if we are finished in transfer market, still some more I think”, Pep says. pic.twitter.com/0ZY0Bqtvtt
Ahead of Gvardiol’s move to City, fellow Croatian international Mateo Kovacic said: “Of course I’d like him (Gvardiol) to join. I know he’s very young and has great potential. He can come here and learn and be the best version of himself, like he wants to be for sure.
“It’s not for me to comment if it’s going to happen or not. I’d obviously like it – I’m good friends with him and he’s Croatian. It would be nice to have a Croatian by my side here.”
He added: “Josko is still young but he’s very mature for his age. He doesn’t need too much advice. He’s already played a lot of big games and I think he’s ready for this step."