Manchester United rival Chelsea and Tottenham for 20 y/o Croatian defender

Manchester United are one of three Premier League clubs involved in a battle to sign RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol.

That is according to the Daily Mail, who claim Chelsea have made the centre-back their top defensive target for the summer – but the Blues will face competition from Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United for the Croatian’s signature.

The Red Devils have reportedly made ‘tentative enquires’ about the player – but they won’t have Ralf Rangnick’s help in conducting a deal, despite his formidable links to the Red Bull franchise.

Leipzig aren’t keen to lose a player rated a €30 million and they only signed Gvardiol last summer from Dinamo Zagreb. The 20-year-old started 28 Bundesliga games this season but made a total of 46 appearances across all competitions.

Like Chelsea and Tottenham, United are also in the market for a central defender and have been linked with a host of names.

Ajax’s Jurrien Timber and Villarreal’s Pau Torres look like our top targets as new manager Erik ten Hag starts his squad rebuild.

Gvardiol has four years left on his current contract at RB Leipzig, but it sounds like he could still be a cheaper option that some of United’s other targets.

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