The signing of Croatian star Josko Gvardiol confirms the fact that Manchester City are a destination club. His decision to join the treble winners shows young stars are preferring a move to the Etihad over traditional European clubs.
He has arrived at the Premier League champions after reported interest from a host of clubs around Europe. The signing highlights the fact that City are stealing a march on their rivals in the transfer market.
We’re delighted to announce the signing of Josko Gvardiol from RB Leipzig! ✍️
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 5, 2023
Erling Haaland also made a similar decision when he signed for Manchester City after strong interest from La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid. In times past young stars such as Haaland and Gvardiol would’ve chosen traditional big clubs over the treble winners.
HE’S HERE! 💙 pic.twitter.com/JuZEtzTWbv
— Manchester City (@ManCity) June 13, 2022
Now the pendulum has begun to shift. It shows just how far City have come in terms of competing with and beating the big clubs to key signings. The Gvardiol and Haaland signings in back-to-back summer windows are a massive coup for the treble winners.
As current European Champions and treble winners, it’s clear on the pitch that Manchester City have overtaken their more illustrious rivals. City’s success last season continued the past decade of success at the Etihad.
Now with elite young players such as Josko Gvardiol and Erling Haaland choosing to continue their careers with Manchester City, the sustained on-field success is beginning to translate in the transfer market.