Josko Gvardiol, a defender for Croatia’s national team, has been linked to Chelsea.
The 20-year-old is reportedly on Chelsea’s radar as they look to strengthen their defensive options, according to a report from Fichajes.
The Blues will soon need to replace Brazilian international Thiago Silva, and the 20-year-old might be the best long-term replacement. Graham Potter needs to start preparing for life after Silva because he is approaching retirement age.
Since joining the team, Gvardiol has excelled for RB Leipzig, and he has carried that form into the World Cup with Croatia. The young player has excelled at the back for his nation, and his contributions have been essential to their progress in the tournament thus far.
Tuesday night’s World Cup semifinal between Croatia and Argentina will feature Gvardiol, who will be looking to make an impact on the game and lead his nation to the championship.
It appears that RB Leipzig will demand at least €100 million for the young defender, and it is unclear if Chelsea will be willing to pay top dollar for his services.
Gvardiol is being pursued by a number of teams, including Manchester City and Real Madrid. They are not the only ones.
It will be interesting to see where the 20-year-old eventually goes because all three clubs have the financial resources to complete the transfer.
The Croatian international has the potential to eventually earn back the rumored asking price by becoming a center back of the highest caliber.