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I will join Chelsea – £77m star sends transfer message to Graham Potter and Todd Boehly

Josko Gvardiol gives Todd Boehly green light for Chelsea transfer in double swoop

Chelsea transfer target Josko Gvardiol has insisted that he is happy at RB Leipzig but the defender is not ruling out the possibility of moving to Stamford Bridge in the future.

The Blues under the charge of former boss Thomas Tuchel were reportedly keen on a deal for the 20-year-old but a move failed to materialize late in the summer.

Later that summer, the Croatia international signed a new contract extension at Red Bull Arena – meaning that the Blues will have to pay at least £77 million if they are to prise him away from the Bundesliga club.

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However, rumours of a move have persisted, and the centre-back addressed the possibility, he said: “Chelsea’s a big club of course and, who knows, maybe one day I will be there.

“It’s really nice to see things like this, especially because there is Kovacic, so you never know. I talk with him.”

Chelsea were recently told by the youngster’s former coach at both Dinamo Zagreb and in the Croatia youth set-up why they need to sign the lad – and has compared him to Thiago Silva.

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What has been said?

“His tremendous self-confidence, strong leadership traits and courage all remind me of Thiago Silva,” Tomislav Rukavina said when speaking to Goal in 2020.

“Gvardiol is one of the young players who, I am sure, will be one of the most important players of the national team for a long time.

“He is extremely strong, fast, agile and durable. He has excellent jump timing and excellent heading technique.

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“He has a developed sense of the game, excellent perception of situations and timely response to what’s happening on the pitch. Given his youth, there is a lot of room for improvement in terms of tactics still, as there is for improving technical characteristics.”

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