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Tottenham: Spurs targeting Josko Gvardiol

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Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol, according to French journalist Nabil Djellit

The lowdown: More to come

Despite only leaving Dinamo Zagreb for Leipzig last summer, Gvardiol took to life in the Bundesliga with apparent ease and looks almost certain to have a bright future at the highest level.

The 20-year-old played a part in the club’s DFB-Pokal success during the 2021/22 campaign and is already a fully-fledged senior Croatia international, having amassed 97 first-team club outings despite his tender years.

As Antonio Conte looks to strengthen his squad at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Gvardiol looks to be on a shortlist of defensive targets for the Lilywhites…

The latest: ‘Taken information’

Taking to Twitter, journalist Djellit claimed that Tottenham have ‘taken information’ from Leipzig over the possibility of signing the 10-cap starlet this summer.

He stated: “Very good this season in the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig, Josko Gvardiol is targeted by Tottenham. The Spurs have taken information from the German club. The 20-year-old Croatian is under contract until June 2026. #Mercato #Spurs”

The verdict: No brainer

The emergence of Cristian Romero last term was a standout reason behind the improvement under Conte, but with the future of Joe Rodon still in the balance and uncertainty remaining over Davinson Sanchez’s ability to perform at the top level, signing Gvardiol would be a superb piece of business from Tottenham.

Adept at left-back or in the heart of the defence, the Croatian – who was billed as a ‘top talent’ by football talent scout Jacek Kulig – earned an outstanding 7.10 Sofascore rating in 2021/22 whilst winning 5.9 duels and making 1.9 clearances and 1.8 interceptions per Bundesliga game last season.

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Valued at £31.5m and under contract in Germany until 2026 (Transfermarkt), this would represent an expensive outlay for ENIC and Daniel Levy, but one which would likely be repaid over time considering Gvardiol’s potential longevity as a top performer in elite club football.

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