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RB Leipzig chief responds to claims Chelsea have made eleventh hour bid for Josko Gvardiol

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The Croatian has been linked with a late transfer to Stamford Bridge (Image: Reuters)

RB Leipzig chief Oliver Mintzlaff has performed down claims that Chelsea have made a £77million bid for Josko Gvardiol and recommended the German membership wouldn’t be eager about a mortgage again.

The Croatian worldwide has been pursued all through the summer time by a bunch of European giants, with each Manchester golf equipment, Chelsea and Tottenham all making enquiries.

Nonetheless, Leipzig have all the time been adamant the 20-year-old wouldn’t depart the membership this summer time and managed to commit him to a brand new contract – although it included a €50m (£43m) launch clause that turns into lively subsequent summer time.

However Chelsea tried to gazump their rivals by providing an even bigger charge now, with transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claiming the west London club had entered into advanced talks with Leipzig after submitting a £77m bid on Tuesday.

Gvardiol would then be loaned again to Leipzig for the rest of the 2022-23 season, with Chelsea prepared to pay £34m additional now to be able to keep away from scrapping with different golf equipment in a 12 months’s time.

However RB Leipzig CEO Mintzlaff has performed down the sudden hypothesis surrounding the younger centre-back, telling BILD on Tuesday night: ‘Josko is a superb participant who will definitely arouse a variety of curiosity – however he nonetheless has a contract with us till 2026.’

Suggesting a mortgage again wouldn’t be thought-about, Mintzlaff continued: ‘We assume that he won’t solely play with us this season, but additionally subsequent season too.’

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Leipzig wish to hold Gvardiol for so long as potential (Image: Getty)

In response to BILD’s personal info, there isn’t any probability Gvardiol shall be bought this late within the window – even when he’s loaned again – whereas Chelsea themselves would nonetheless fairly he joined instantly anyway.

Though Chelsea have already secured the signing of Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli and are finalising a deal for Wesley Fofana from Leicester, Thomas Tuchel nonetheless desires so as to add one other centre-back to his ranks.

The west Londoners misplaced each Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen on free transfers on the finish of final season and Tuchel felt he wanted three new central defenders to strengthen his back-line, with a deal with signing youthful gamers.

Fofana ticks that field in a giant means, with the 21-year-old’s transfer set to be introduced imminently after he handed a medical in New York earlier on Tuesday.

Gvardiol can be one other spectacular addition and is a perfect match for the left centre-back position in Tuchel’s again three, with the German coach having to change to a again 4 this season resulting from an absence of appropriate choices in that place.

When Tuchel first took over at Chelsea, the group’s defence was totally formidable however they haven’t stored a clear sheet of their final 4 matches and have conceded eight targets in that point after delivery two extra within the first half towards Southampton on Tuesday night time.


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