Transfer News: Chelsea have dealt a blow to the pursuit of Joska Gvardiol
According to The Telegraph, Chelsea could be dealt a blow in their pursuit of talented Bundesliga centre-back Joska Gvardiol with Manchester United and Tottenham, who are also reportedly in the hunt for a deal for the talented defender.
Gvardiol joined Leipzig from Dinamo Zagreb in 2021 and has since made a name for himself as one of the most talented young defenders in the Bundesliga. Since breaking into the first team in Zagreb, the Croatians’ rise has been meteoric.
The talented 20-year-old defender has featured 45 times for the Bundesliga side this season, scoring two goals and providing three assists in all competitions. Primarily a centre-back, Gvardiol can also do a great job even as a left-back.
Chelsea have been credited with an interest in the Croatian for some time now but it looks like they could be in for a transfer swipe with Manchester United and Tottenham have also said they will join the race for the full-back starlet central.
Signing Gvardiol makes a lot of sense for the Blues considering he’s a player who can give them several options.
Thomas Tuchel prefers playing with a back three at Chelsea and the left centre-back position is something Antonio Rudiger has made his own over the past 18 months. In his absence, Gvardiol can perfectly step in to play a similar role to the German.
The 20-year-old can also provide cover at left-back if needed if the Blues find themselves confused with injury problems, as they have done this season. Either way, the Croatian will first need to be signed to strengthen our central defence.
It’s no longer a secret that the Blues are set to be extremely short of options as a centre-back next season and it remains to be seen how they will decide to deal with the situation. Signing on the market is the need of the hour and Gvardiol will be a good start.
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The Croatian, at his age and with the versatility he could offer us, seems like a no-brainer. Whether the Blues pull the trigger remains to be seen.