Real Madrid will reportedly compete with Tottenham and Chelsea in the race to sign Josko Gvardiol from Bundesliga club RB Leipzig.

According to a report by Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, Josko Gvardiol has emerged on the radar of Real Madrid. Los Blancos will provide stiff competition to Chelsea and Tottenham in the race to sign the Croatian defender from Bundesliga club RB Leipzig next year.

Josko Gvardiol has established himself as one of the most dogged defenders in the Bundesliga since joining RB Leipzig from Dinamo Zagreb. The 20-year-old took some time to get going at the Red Bull Arena. But he has been unstoppable since coming into his own in the second half of the 2021/22 season.

The Croat has been a mainstay at the back for Leipzig this season, turning out 19 times across all competitions. Gvardiol has also made his mark for his nation at the 2022 FIFA World Cup and will feature in the quarter-finals against Japan today. At the same time, the player’s progress has captured the attention of Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Tottenham.

Real Madrid might enter the market for a centre-back next summer amid uncertainties surrounding Nacho’s future. Talks between Los Blancos and the Spaniard have stalled, and the veteran defender might depart next summer. So Real Madrid might need to invest in a central defender, with Gvardiol a viable target.

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Meanwhile, Chelsea might have the most realistic chance of signing the 20-year-old, who has publicly revealed he is open to joining the west London club. And with Thiago Silva approaching the end of his glittering career, the Croat might be a long-term successor.

As for Tottenham, Antonio Conte wants to upgrade his central defensive options. With Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, and Ben Davies all being unimpressive, Gvardiol has emerged as a viable target. And Tottenham might use different ploys to bring the Croatian international to the club.

Meanwhile, Gvardiol recently revealed his desire to join Real Madrid. But his prospects of regular game-time will suffer the most at Real Madrid. So the youngster will need to weigh up his options before taking a call on his future.

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