Barcelona and Chelsea beware: Interest rises in Josko Gvardiol

Karan Tejwani
Karan Tejwani 18 Nov 2022 13:05 GMT 3 min read
Josko Gvardiol, RB Leizpig, 2021/22

Josko Gvardiol has been of interest to many clubs over the last few months and there is a new side who have joined the race for him.

The RB Leipzig defender has gone from strength to strength since moving to Germany and was linked with a move to Chelsea over the summer, but a move could not be concluded.

Chelsea were rumored to bid around €90 million for the Croatian, but it was considered to be too late in the window for such a transfer to the Blues.

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Now, there’s a new club eyeing up Gvardiol and they are close to Chelsea – their London rivals Tottenham, who have been looking to strengthen at the back themselves.

Barcelona and Chelsea face Spurs competition

In addition to the two London clubs, according to Spanish outlet Sport, Barcelona are also interested in the player so this could be a three-way battle for the defender in 2023.

Xavi is looking for a long-term leader at the back and feels Gvardiol fits that profile for his squad, and a move is being considered for next year, however there may be a financial obstacle for them.

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Barcelona have scouted Gvardiol on various occasions over the years and feel a deal for him is possible provided they are in the right financial situation.

They may have an issue due to their recent Champions League group stage exit, which has left a dent in their finances and may affect future plans.

If they don’t move fast, it’s possible Chelsea or Tottenham make a move instead and both clubs can make Gvardiol a lucrative deal that could tempt him to choose London over Barcelona.

The 20-year-old already has plenty of Champions League and Bundesliga experience and has generally impressed for club and country in his young career so far, with a World Cup bow looming this month.