According to reports, Chelsea is still scouting RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol ahead of a possible summer deal.
According to the Mail Online, the Bundesliga club would seek a sum of roughly £85 million to let go of their young star in the forthcoming transfer season.
Chelsea has long been a fan of Gvardiol, and they were heavily linked with a bid to buy him last summer.
The club had already signed Wesley Fofana, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Marc Cucurella to try to bolster their backline.
Instead, they missed out on a deal for the Croatian and were forced to watch him put on one of the World Cup’s best displays during the winter.
He was exceptional as he helped lead his country to a third-place finish, with his performances dubbed “very special.”
Chelsea is still interested in Gvardiol.
Even though loanee Levi Colwill is scheduled to return to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, reports suggest that they are interested in Gvardiol.
During his loan time with the overachieving Brighton team this season, the Englishman has proven to be a fantastic player.
It has previously been reported that Chelsea is certain that the youngster would not be allowed to go this summer under any circumstances.
Instead, the club is said to be trying to integrate him right into the first squad when new manager Mauricio Pochettino takes over.
This will already congest the backline options, and adding Gvardiol would just complicate matters.
Nonetheless, the Croatian is poised for great things in the future once he leaves the Bundesliga.