'Phenomenal': Mateo Kovacic waxes lyrical about 'fantastic' £77m player Chelsea reportedly want to sign

Mateo Kovacic has hailed Chelsea target Josko Gvardiol as a “phenomenal” player.

Chelsea midfielder Kovacic, 28, is currently representing Croatia at this winter’s World Cup in Qatar. He’s joined by international teammate Gvardiol, who’s an RB Leipzig defender linked with a potential move to Stamford Bridge.

Alfredo Pedulla reports that Chelsea could move to sign Gvardiol and have scheduled a meeting to talk about him.

The 20-year-old is a left-footed defender that’s already a regular in the Croatia starting XI. He’s building a great reputation for himself at club level in Leipzig colours, too.

Chelsea were linked with a €90million (£77million) move for the Leipzig star in the summer and the speculation is now resurfacing again.

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Kovacic hailed Chelsea target Gvardiol

Kovacic has waxed lyrical about fellow countryman Gvardiol, albeit he wouldn’t comment on Chelsea speculation.

“He’s phenomenal, he’s 20 and he’s already fantastic. But I have no comments to make about links with Chelsea,” Kovacic told Tuttomercatoweb.

If Chelsea want to know all about the Leipzig defender, they’ve got the perfect man to ask.

Kovacic and Gvardiol are both key players in the Croatia line-up, started the opening two matches of their World Cup campaign.

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If Chelsea want to keep rebuilding a new-look defence moving forward, Gvardiol is someone that ticks a lot of boxes. It helps Kovacic has given his seal of approval, too.

He’s a modern centre-half with pace, aggression and quality in possession.

It’ll be interesting to see how this saga unfolds in the next month.

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