Chelsea is closer to making an unbelievable transfer with finances that defy belief as Tottenham's powerplay fails.

Harry Maguire’s transfer from Leicester to Manchester United is still the most expensive defender deal in history. Maguire cost £80 million in 2019. He recently became the topic of an odd speech in a hearing of the Ghanaian Parliament.

Chelsea nearly matched or perhaps surpassed that number twice last summer. When Wesley Fofana was being held out for a new defensive world record, Leicester were once more interested.

The young Frenchman eventually signed for an initial £70 million, and according to the Guardian, the Blues also made a bid of £77.4 million for Josko Gvardiol of RB Leipzig.

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Leipzig refused in the hopes of retaining the Croatian wonder for one more season. It now seems like they’ll only have one more season.

In 2023, Gvardiol is expected to join one of the top clubs in Europe. He’s frequently mentioned in connection with moves to the Premier League, specifically to London.

The center-back who is excelling at the World Cup is still a target for Chelsea. His outstanding performance on Thursday helped Croatia go safely into the knockout rounds by defeating Belgium.

Tottenham has also been mentioned, though. In fact, according to TuttoMercatoWeb, Antonio Conte is eager and has asked Ivan Perisic to encourage his fellow Croatian while in Qatar.

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In 2023, Spurs will be searching for a new left-sided center-half. When considering a deal for Inter Milan’s Alessandro Bastoni last summer, they set high goals. Finally, they signed Clement Lenglet to a loan agreement, keeping their options open.

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However, a transfer to Chelsea rather than Tottenham appears more likely, according to the Athletic and Gvardiol himself.

Shocking Gvardiol release clause:

Chelsea made a £77.4 million offer to Leipzig last summer, but the Telegraph reports that Gvardiol may be bought for €50 million (about £44 million) in 2023.

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His release clause is supposedly set at that amount, and it will become effective starting in the summer of 2019.

With the player’s most recent remarks pointing toward Chelsea, the Blues may end up landing one of the best center halves in the world for a lot less money than they had originally anticipated.