Chelsea have an advantage over Liverpool in pursuing Josko Gvardiol as a summer transfer looms large for the Croat.

Christian Falk, via Caught Offside, claimed Chelsea have an advantage over Liverpool in the chase for Josko Gvardiol. The Croat, widely expected to depart RB Leipzig in the summer, will have plenty of top-rated suitors from the Premier League. Still, the journalist suggests only a few sides have the financial means to conclude a deal.

Josko Gvardiol could become a big transfer story in the summer as an exit from RB Leipzig looms large for the Croatian international. Interest in the centre-back has elevated since last summer, with his performances at the World Cup making him a priority target for several top Premier League clubs.

Since last summer, Chelsea have been in front of the queue for Gvardiol. Co-owner Todd Boehly made a few attempts to sign him in that window and possibly even in January. The 21-year-old World Cup star may have wanted to see off the season with Leipzig before moving in the summer window.

The Blues could return to the table after the season ends, although Chelsea may have to pay big to sign the 21-year-old star. The London club did manage to sign Benoit Badiashile, who plays in Gvardiol’s actual position, but they could consider the Croatian as a long-term replacement for Thiago Silva.

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Journalist Christian Falk has claimed Chelsea and Manchester City may have the advantage over other suitors in pursuing Gvardiol. Liverpool are also plotting a big-money move for the 21-year-old, while Tottenham also remotely hold an interest in the defender.

Falk said, “Manchester City are not the favourites, but of course, Pep Guardiola’s men have a good chance when it comes to the race for Joško Gvardiol. That being said, one can’t ignore Chelsea either.”

“Both clubs have the advantage over Liverpool and Tottenham, ultimately because the side that offers €100m in the summer will have the best chance of getting Gvardiol and, as many are more than aware, City and Chelsea have the money to fund such a deal.”

Falk also discussed how much clubs must pay to secure the 21-year-old World Cup star’s signature in the summer. He also confirmed the presence of a release clause in Gvardiol’s contract, although it will only become active in the summer of 2024.

Falk continued, “The important thing to note is that Gvardiol wants to leave in the summer if an opportunity in the Premier League arises. It doesn’t matter that his release clause (€112m) is only valid in 2024.

“Put simply, the Croatian won’t accept Leipzig stopping his potential exit should an offer of €100m come through the door. He wants to go to the Premier League, preferably this summer rather than the next, despite signing a new contract until 2027.”

Liverpool will look to add a big-money defender in the summer, particularly if they achieve a top-four finish. The money from playing in the Champions League could improve whatever budget they carry in the next window, as Jurgen Klopp may look to add one centre-back and a few midfielders on priority.

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