Report: If Chelsea fail to sign Kimpembe, they're going to go for 'one of the best youngsters in the world' instead

Reports suggest Chelsea are set to turn their attention to RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol if they fail to sign Presnel Kimpembe this summer.

According to the Evening Standard, Thomas Tuchel is requesting two more centre-backs to join the signing of Kalidou Koulibaly ahead of the upcoming season.

The Blues have been openly in the market to sign reinforcements at the back, following departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen as their contracts expired.

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Rumours recently have suggested they are keen to add Kimpembe to their ranks, with the club reportedly keen to make a move following discussions with N’golo Kante.

However, the Frenchman’s loyalty to PSG could mean they struggle to get the deal done, with them potentially needing to look again in the market.

The Evening Standard suggests the Blues could look back to Gvardiol if the situation requires, with it believed Leipzig would accept an exceptional offer for the 20-year-old.

Chelsea make Gvardiol Kimpembe alternative

The Croatian enjoyed a breakout season in the Bundesliga last year, with him being named on the shortlist to win the ‘Golden Boy’ award after helping his side finishing fourth in the table.

Reports claiming the club were interested in Gvardiol peaked last month, although interest cooled as they assessed their options in the market.

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Chelsea are firmly interested in finalising a deal for Jules Kounde from Sevilla, with it even being reported the clubs have agreed a fee for the France international.

With Kounde providing able cover for both the wing-back and central defender roles on the right of defence, the club should see that deal as a priority to complete.

However, with the potential difficulty the club are already aware they may face in signing Kimpembe, they should be encouraged to further talks for Gvardiol, in an attempt to see how close their valuation is to Leipzig’s.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.