Manchester City's classic form, circa 2018, when he had possession in the final third

Manchester City set to break transfer record by signing superstar for Liverpool: report – FourFourTwo

Manchester City are about to complete a great new signing for Liverpool in what will break a transfer record.

The Citizens clinched a historic Treble last season, but Pep Guardiola has stressed the importance of keeping the side fresh and motivated, with things already done this summer. Mateo Kovacic joins from Chelsea and replaces the outgoing Ilkay Gundogan.

There are also more moves in the pipeline, with defensive strengthening in sight as Guardiola tries to reform his side – and it won’t come cheap.

Manchester City signing Mateo Kovacic has taken Ilkay Gundogan’s number 8 shirt (Image credit: Manchester City FC/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

The Telegraph report that Manchester City’s imminent move to Josko Gvardiol will cost the European champions £86 million – a world record for a defender.

The move for the Croatia international pips rivals the £80 million Manchester United spent on Harry Maguire, a record that has stood for four years.

Liverpool are also said to be interested in RB Leipzig defender Gvardiol, as Jurgen Klopp is looking to sign a left wing centre-back. However, Guardiola is likely to field his near-namesake at left back, where left center back Nathan Ake will play for most of the season.

City have no natural replacement for Ake in the squad, and Aymeric Laporte looks likely to leave Eastlands due to a lack of playing time during the Treble-winning season.

Croatia's Josko Gvardiol goes down in the area after a challenge from Morocco's Sofyan Amrabat in the play-offs for third place at the 2022 World Cup.

Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol joins Manchester City for a world record fee for a defender (Image credit: Getty Images)

L’Equipe have reported that Lyon starlet Castello Lukeba is being drafted by Leipzig to replace the city-bound 21-year-old.

Gvardiol is valued at €75 million byTransfer market.

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Aftersecuring a historic treble,Manchester City transfer newssteaming up for next season.

Jude Bellingham reportedly rejected the new European championafter being inspired by Erling Haaland’s career path– althoughAlphonso Davies could move to the Etihad Stadium.Meanwhile, Bernardo Silva is a target for Saudi ArabiawhileKyle Walker is wanted by Liverpool.

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