Chelsea are desperate to sign €60m-rated Bundesliga defender

RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol has refused to rule out a move to Chelsea in the winter transfer window after the London giants failed with a late move for the centre-back last summer. The Blues submitted an eye-watering £77.4m bid for Josko in the dying days of the summer transfer window, with Chelsea scrambling to make additions.

It came as a move for Wesley Fofana was still up in the air and though the London giants managed to pull off a deal for the defender, Graham Potter wants to bolster Chelsea’s back-line. Gvardiol is adept at left-back and centre-back, which would be valuable for the English manager as he wants his side to be flexible enough to play with a back three.

Bundesliga giants value Croatia international at nearly £85m and though the Blues came close to that figure, they decided to keep the defender because they hadn’t planned on selling him at this stage of his career. Indeed, the German club CEO Oliver Mintzlaff said recently: ‘Josko still has a contract with us until 2026.’

‘We assume that he will not only play with us this season but also next season as well. But the defender has suggested that he will reconsider his future in January, provided Chelsea reignite their interest. I’m happy at Leipzig, I still have a lot to learn and need to work on myself.’

‘I have people who deal with it, I didn’t think about a transfer. We’ll see what happens in the winter. I feel great, I’m healthy. I was a little behind at the beginning of the season due to rehabilitation. Now I’m waiting for the opportunity and minutes and I’m trying to use them in the best possible way.’