Tottenham and Chelsea have both been dealt a blow in their pursuit of defensive reinforcements as RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol is now ‘expected to stay’ at the German club this summer.
The Croatian centre-back has enjoyed a stunning season for Leipzig, appearing 29 times in the Bundesliga, while the 20-year-old has also managed 6 appearances both in the Champions League and Europa League.
Playing as a left centre-back, he has caught the attention of both Chelsea and Tottenham, both of whom are looking to strengthen in that position this summer. He was named on a four-man shortlist that included Pau Torres and Andrea Bastoni for the Lilywhites, while Chelsea are scrambling for options following their takeover.
However, Gvardiol has previously poured cold water on departure rumours, citing his desire to stay in Germany.
‘I really enjoy every day with this great team at this top-class club. I don’t think about anything else’, the starlet told Bild.
When asked about whether he will be a Leipzig player in 2022/23, he replied ‘Yes, of course!’ before explaining that he ‘really has no plans’ for his future.
And now, it seems as though the message has got through, with the defender ‘expected to stay at RB Leipzig this summer’ according to Nathan Gissing.
The current feeling with Josko Gvardiol is that he is expected to stay at RB Leipzig this summer. The centre-back is happy there and there is no hurry to find a move elsewhere despite interest from various clubs such as Chelsea and Spurs. 🇭🇷 #RBLeipzig pic.twitter.com/IAwjYfQBmh
— Nathan Gissing (@Nathan_Gissing) May 26, 2022
Where else will Chelsea look?
The latest setback could force Chelsea to pivot for another Tottenham target in Andrea Bastoni while Pau Torres is also an option, though they could yet face competition from Manchester United.
Manchester United are discussing Villarreal’s Pau Torres as one of 3/4 options for the new centre back. No proposal made yet, as it depends on Erik ten Hag decision and Man Utd board changes. 🔴🇪🇸 #MUFC
Chelsea are also monitoring Pau.
€55/60m release clause into his contract. pic.twitter.com/K3gItr1aoA
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 9, 2022
Alternatively, they could promote youth prospect Levi Colwill, who has excelled at Championship level with Huddersfield Town. Whether they deem it a season too soon, however, remains to be seen.
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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