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Tottenham have been told that they might beat rivals Chelsea to the £77million signing of Josko Gvardiol from RB Leipzig. The Blues got here near completing a deal for the defender in the summertime as co-owner and acting sporting director Todd Boehly took spending at Stamford Bridge to over £200m, but other defensive signings got here into the club as a substitute.

Chelsea signed Kalidou Koulibaly, Wesley Fofana and Marc Cucurella however it was rumoured that the Blues were in talks over a £77m fee for Gvardiol, although he would have remained on the Bundesliga club until next summer. After the window closed the Croatian signed a recent five-year contract at Leipzig, though former Tottenham defender Alan Hutton believes that Spurs can beat Chelsea to his signing in the long run.

“I don’t see why Tottenham can’t beat Chelsea to him [Gvardiol],” Hutton told Football Insider. “They’re definitely now within the conversation, fighting with the likes of Chelsea, and that attractiveness will only increase with cup runs and European football.

“I feel for the player, he’ll be greater than blissful to be linked with each clubs. But with [Antonio] Conte potentially signing a recent long-term deal, and the progress that they’re making – it’s something, as a player, that I’d wish to be involved in.”

Conte has reportedly asked for Napoli forward Victor Osimhen in talks with chief Fabio Paratici, and Gvardiol can be one other stellar acquisition. Despite his recent contract at Leipzig, the 20-year-old did not rule out a possible move away from the club within the January transfer window.

“I’m blissful at Leipzig, I still have rather a lot to learn and want to work on myself,” Gvardiol said last month. “I even have individuals who cope with it, I didn’t take into consideration a transfer. We’ll see what happens within the winter.”

The Croatian international is adept at each centre-back and left-back, and will fit well on the left side of Conte’s back three if he is just not more likely to keep Clement Lenglet on the club beyond his loan deal from Barcelona.

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