Chelsea: bad news on a defensive target


Chelsea have taken another blow behind their head over their interest in a Bundesliga centre-back, targeted in the last winter transfer window.

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Todd Boehly, Chelsea

Scorer of the equalizer for RB Leipzig on Wednesday against Manchester City (1-1), in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League, Josko Gvardiol is one of the most courted players in his position. Last winter, the Croatian central defender had the opportunity to join the English Chelsea. Attracted by a departure for the Premier League, the 21-year-old player finally decided to continue his career in the ranks of the German club, as explained in an interview with the English newspaper The Times. Will the reality be different in the coming months?

Frank “asked” by Marco Rose

In the German clan, the desire to keep the native of Zagreb is beyond doubt. This is the tenor of the remarks made to the media by Marco Rose, the coach of RB Leipzig, after the draw won yesterday against the Citizens of Josep Guardiola. “Josko Gvardiol will be a player for RB Leipzig next season. I am the coach and I demand it. He is happy here. He said he wanted to play in the Premier League, but he didn’t say when. Will the wish of the ex-Borussia Dortmund manager be granted? To be continued…

Under contract until June 2027 with the Saxony-based club, the 2022 World Cup semi-finalist with the Checkerboard selection is linked to a market value of 75 million euros, set by the site Transfermarkt. In the event of a sale in the summer of 2023, German leaders will certainly demand a substantial check, probably close to three figures. During the summer of 2021, Leipzig paid 18.80 million euros to secure his services. Since the start of the 2022-2023 season, Josko Gvardiol has participated in 27 matches and scored 2 goals in all competitions, including 19 Bundesliga matches.