Timohir Gvardiol, the father of RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol, met with Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel to explore the possibility of his son making a summer transfer, according to Croatian news site 24Sata.
Chelsea is considering Gvardiol as a potential replacement for Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, according to Goal earlier this month.
The Blues, according to sources, have finally made their move.
According to a report published by the Croatian website 24Sata, the 20-year-father old’s travelled all the way to London to meet with Tuchel.
Gvardiol is said to have talked with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, most likely over the phone.
Chelsea are set to launch a €50 million (£42 million) approach for the central defender, whose current term with Leipzig extends until 2026, according to the source.
The Croatian international is a left-footed ball-playing centre defender who mostly plays on Leipzig’s left flank. As a result, he is a potential Rudiger replacement rather than Christensen. The position of Christensen is now unsustainable.
It’s worth noting that he came close to playing in the Premier League in 2021; however, after getting an offer from Leeds United, he picked Leipzig over the latter.
“True, he had an offer from Leeds but he chose Leipzig for the sporting project,” Gvardiol’s agent, Andy Bara, told Calciomercato in 2020.
“Economically the offers were practically the same.”
Because it is clear that Gvardiol’s contract has four years left on it, and because it has been stated that the deal does not have a release clause, Chelsea will need to first talk to Leipzig about signing him.
Fortunately for Chelsea, when negotiating the transfer of Timo Werner a few years ago, Blues director Marina Granovskaia made a favourable impression on RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff.