Journalist Fabrizio Romano claims that Chelsea F.C. will ‘100%’ attempt again to sign RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol after having an earlier offer turned down.
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Josko Gvardiol is currently one of the most sought-after center backs as a result of a string of spectacular performances in recent months for club and nation.
Romano stated in September that Leipzig ‘turned down’ a transfer offer from Chelsea for Gvardiol during the previous transfer window. Gvardiol ultimately decided to sign a one-year contract extension.
The Blues are reportedly engaged in a bidding war with Manchester City and Manchester United for the Croatian international, according to the French publication FootMercato.
While the Blues and United have submitted offers ranging from £77 million to £82 million for the highly regarded youngster, the Cityzens are rumored to have offered £85 million plus add-ons.
However, according to a reliable Sky Sports Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg, Gvardiol’s contract has a €110 million (£96 million) release clause that goes into effect in 2024.
When the 6 foot 1 ace does leave Leipzig, though, it’s uncertain when that will be, making it likely that he will become the most expensive defender in history.
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In the upcoming transfer windows, new Chelsea manager Graham Potter will undoubtedly be eager to leave his mark on the first-team roster at Stamford Bridge.
Romano further informed GMS that Gvardiol is still “a name on the list” of targets and that the west London club is “prepared to assault” for his signature.
He started: “Chelsea will be prepared to attack again for now. So, let’s see what’s going to happen, but Gvardiol remains a name on the list, 100%.”
How did Gvardiol play at the World Cup?
Gvardiol participated in every minute of Croatia’s World Cup campaign, which concluded in a victory over Morocco in the third-place play-off.
For his excellent performances in Qatar, journalist Ryan Taylor labelled him “sublime” and a “gladiator,” and the underlying statistics support those accolades.