August 03, 2023
Josko Gvardiol fee supports transfer policy while Man City strides in key position evident
Here are your Manchester City evening headlines for Thursday, August 3. Goalkeeping department future secure for years to come Amid all the uncertainty over key Manchester City players, one department has given Pep Guardiola a welcome degree of continuity ahead of the 2023/24 season opener. City's first 'signing' of the summer was a year-long extension for popular third-choice goalkeeper Scott Carson, meaning that no new signing had to be sought in that position. Stefan Ortega arrived last summer as Zack Steffen left on loan, with the German proving a more-than-capable deputy for Ederson. In fact, a portion of City fans still feel that Ortega offers more than Ederson does when it comes to picking a first-choice stopper. READ MORE: How Man City squad could look in 2033 after Josko Gvardiol 'decade' hopes Ederson's strong end to the season cemented his status as number one, though, not that it was in any doubt. As Ortega helped City win the FA Cup final, Ederson returned to produce one of his best-ever performances to win the Champions League - including two late, late match-winning saves. As part of a new series ahead of the upcoming season, here we look at each position in City's squad and look at each player's aims for 2023/24. Here's how we have assessed City's goalkeeping department. Gvardiol fee reward for City transfer policy All the signs pointed to RB Leipzig wanting a world-record fee for a defender if Manchester City were going to sign Josko Gvardiol. It had looked like it would take more than the £80m that Manchester United spent on Harry Maguire in 2019, and potentially closer to £100m. City have spent that amount before, but prefer to operate around the £60m mark, and have only spent over £65m once. The Blues were set on Gvardiol , and the fact that they were willing to pay so much shows how keen they were to sign him. City believe that Gvardiol can play a role in their defence for the next decade, viewing him as a long-term signing. With a €90m (£77.5m) fee agreed, he will be worth every penny if he does indeed remain in Manchester until 2033. In agreeing a fee below the world record, City will feel they have pulled off another smart signing in the transfer window, adding to a number of young, promising additions in the last few years. Read the full opinion piece from our City writer Joe Bray here. Get your 48-page City pre-season special The Manchester Evening News are producing a special 48-page 2023/24 season preview to look at what the new campaign could hold for Manchester City. Our 48-page 2023/24 campaign preview guides you through the main talking points and analysis as the Blues go for an unprecedented fourth consecutive Premier League title. The Champions of Europe will compete for seven trophies this time around. Our extensive preview brings together expert insight and knowledge from the Manchester Evening News writers as Guardiola looks to create more history at the Etihad Stadium. Make sure to get your hands on the popular special bumper preview for just £3 before stock runs out by clicking here.
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