Chelsea and Tottenham have both been dealt a blow in their pursuit of RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol this summer.
Gvardiol, 20, only joined Leipzig from Dinamo Zagreb in his native Croatia last year.
But there are reports linking him with a move to the Premier League.
Both Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte have expressed their desire for defensive reinforcements.
With the former losing both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen to free transfers.
While the latter has targeted multiple options to replace Ben Davies.
Pau Torres and Alessandro Bastoni may join Tottenham.
While Chelsea has reportedly set their sights on Matthijs de Ligt.
They do, however, remain keen on signing Sevilla’s Jules Kounde after missing out on the France international last summer.
It appears as though Gvardiol isn’t the first-choice solution for either club, but he remains an option.
However, Transfermarkt’s Stefan Bienkowski has reported that both London clubs have enquired about the Croatian international but have been told that he isn’t for sale at any price, with Leipzig reinforcing the message they won’t sell their stars this summer.
It comes after news that Christopher Nkunku has renewed his contract at Leipzig, keeping him at the club until 2026, despite multiple rumours linking him with a big-money transfer away.
As for Gvardiol, he signed a five-year deal upon joining last summer.
This means he’s tied down to the Saxony club for a further four years.
And will give Leipzig all the power when it comes to negotiations.
And it appears they won’t be entertaining any interest in the defender.
Despite attention from two of the Premier League’s wealthiest teams.
Chelsea is yet to add to their squad, despite Todd Boehly’s takeover.
While Tottenham has signed Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster as Conte look to establish his side as a Champions League team.
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