Graham Potter is already eyeing up his first Chelsea signing despite the club's massive summer spending spree.
The Blues were the the Premier League's biggest spenders during the summer transfer window, splashing just over £250million on eight new signings before sacking Thomas Tuchel earlier this week. His replacement Potter was appointed on Thursday and is reportedly already looking to strengthen his squad when the window re-opens in January.
According to Bild reporter Christian Falk, Chelsea are ready to go back in for RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol in the new year, having failed in their attempts to sign him in the final days of the summer window.
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Chelsea had a £77million bid rejected by the Bundesliga side, with the proposal also including a clause allowing Gvardiol to remain on loan at Leipzig until next summer.
However, Leipzig rebuffed Chelsea's approaches and instead tied down the Croatia international to a new five-year deal through until the summer of 2027.
Gvardiol joined Leipzig last year from Dinamo Zagreb for £17million and has since made 52 appearances for the club, scoring twice from defence.
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Predominantly a centre-back, he is also capable of playing on the left-hand side of a back four or as a wing-back. The 20-year-old has scored one goal in 10 caps for his country since making his international debut in 2021.
Chelsea's interest in Gvardiol comes despite the club signing two central defenders during the summer, bringing in Wesley Fofana and Kalidou Koulibaly for a combined £106.5million.
Potter appears prepared to further strengthen the backline in January, though, having arrived at the club on Thursday following three years in the dugout at Brighton & Hove Albion.
He is set to take charge of his first match as Chelsea boss on Wednesday night when they welcome Red Bull Salzburg to Stamford Bridge in the Champions League, which will also be his first experience of the competition.
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