Mateo Kovavic has discovered he was asked by Chelsea on his impression of Josko Gvardiol following the Blues had an strategy for the defender turned down by RB Leipzig.
Gvardiol has proven a name as 1 of the finest younger defenders in the globe considering the fact that signing up for Lepzig in 2020 and Chelsea tried to signal the 20-yr-outdated prior to the transfer window closing.
The deal would have noticed Gvardiol be a part of the Leading League facet future summer but a bid of £77 million was inevitably turned down by Leipzig.
Kovacic is worldwide teammates with Gvardiol and admitted he was the a person who urged the club to pursue a go for his Croatian compatriot.
Kovacic reported: “At the club, they requested me about Josko, I explained to them all the very best.
“I never need to say everything about his soccer, they know what form of player he is, and his character is exceptional.
“I have found in the countrywide crew how keen he is to enjoy, he has a terrific vocation ahead of him, and I hope that a person working day we will perform jointly in the club.”
Gvardiol ended up signing a new 5-yr agreement with Leipzig adhering to the interest.
Will Gvardiol be a part of Chelsea?
The Blues experienced determined Gvardiol as a prolonged-phrase target and have been prepared to splash out possibly a earth-record fee for a defender but Leipzig had no intention of marketing.
With the likes of Manchester City also fascinated, the Bundesliga outfit were eager to tie Gvardiol down to a new contract in spite of him however having 4 several years left on his prior deal.
Chelsea ended up inclined to indicator Gvardiol in addition to their £72m signing of Wesley Fofana, indicating new proprietor Todd Boehly’s ambition to have the pair at the heart of his defence.
Joško Gvardiol in Bundesliga at Leipzig:
•33 tackles received (1st)
•55 blocks (2nd)
•89 interceptions (1st)
•80 clearances (2nd)
•2416 touches (1st)
•1687 carries (1st)
Paying €90 million for the 20-12 months-previous centre-again doesn’t seem like lousy enterprise for Chelsea 🤭 pic.twitter.com/C0UqF3PrN5
— Bill Eshun (@Monthly bill_Eshun) August 30, 2022
Should really Chelsea revisit their interest in Gvardiol future summer time, it would likely need a considerably bigger rate subsequent his extension.
The left-footer has been capped ten times by his region, scoring when, and he designed 46 appearances in all competitions for Leipzig previous season.