Report: Chelsea have made £50m Bundesliga player one of their top priorities to sign this summer

Chelsea are reportedly interested in RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol ahead of this summer.

According to The Telegraph, Gvardiol is actually one of the top priorities Chelsea are looking at to improve their defence going into next season.

The report explains the Blues are planning to move swiftly in the transfer market once the Todd Boehly-led consortium officially complete their takeover at Stamford Bridge.

Gvardiol, who’s a star in the German Bundesliga with Leipzig, is seeing his reputation start to rise across Europe.

The 20-year-old is a left-footed centre-back with plenty of attributes to replace exit-bound Antonio Rudiger at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea interested in Josko Gvardiol

Gvardiol’s recently been linked as a target for Chelsea, with Tottenham reportedly fearful of losing the race to sign the Leipzig centre-half to their London rivals.

However, the Telegraph’s update that the youngster is a defensive priority for Thomas Tuchel’s side is an intriguing one.

The Croatia international already looks a mature defender for someone his age and there’s a massive hole opening in the Blues XI at the Bridge.

Incidentally, it’s been reported that he could cost £50million to prize away from Germany this summer.

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Levi Colwill loan?

If Chelsea sign Gvardiol, another loan for 19-year-old Blues loanee Levi Colwill could make sense next season.

The English centre-back has been a huge success during his loan in the Championship with Huddersfield Town, which is why some fans want to see the left-footed defender drafted into Tuchel’s plans.

However, Gvardiol seems a more ready-made Rudiger replacement.

A loan to a Premier League side next term for Colwill seems a no-brainer.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.