If you tuned into the Chelsea transfer rumour mill late on Monday, you will have seen reports from Germany claiming Thomas Tuchel was taking an interest in Josko Gvardiol.
The Croatian centre-back is reportedly seen by the German manager as an ideal replacement for Antonio Rüdiger, and the belief was that he had made some sort of transfer request to the Blues’ hierarchy ahead of the summer.
The problem with all this is that RB Leipzig aren’t exactly keen on selling, and the player himself made it clear he wanted to stay with the Bundesliga club for at least another year.
Sky Germany have an article on the matter on Tuesday, with a quote from Florian Plettenberg, their journalist, who states: “Tuchel is a big of Josko Gvardiol. He would take him immediately if he could get him.”
With Chelsea currently having their hands tied because of the whole Roman Abramovich mess, they are ‘currently unable to place an offer for Gvardiol’, but the player’s entourage and management are ‘aware of Tuchel’s interest’.
Despite a reluctance from Leipzig, the defender isn’t unsellable, meaning that ‘if Chelsea offered an astronomical price, the Leipzig bosses would be willing to talk’.
We’ll need Chelsea’s ownership to change before that happens, then.