Tottenham Hotspur are interested in a deal to bring Josko Gvardiol to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report by The Athletic, who claim that the RB Leipzig defender is one of Antonio Conte’s top transfer targets for the left-sided centre-back role in his three-man backline, despite the fact the 20-year-old would likely set Tottenham back an extremely large fee.
A further report by the same publication claimed that Daniel Levy would have to pay a club-record fee – currently Tanguy Ndombele’s £63m signing from Lyon back in 2019 – in order to land the Croatia international this summer, with Jack Pitt-Brooke suggesting the former Dinamo Zagreb starlet will cost around £80m.
Considering the sheer amount of potential Gvardiol quite clearly possesses, it is not difficult to see why Conte would be interested in a deal to bring the 20-year-old to north London in the summer transfer window.
Indeed, according to FBref data, the £102m-rated talent ranks in the top 3% of centre-backs in Europe’s big five leagues for interceptions per 90, as well as the top 16% for pressures, the top 23% for blocks and the top 24% for tackles over the last 365 days.
The £21k-per-week defender is also extremely creative with the ball at his feet, with FBref ranking him in the top 4% of centre-backs for passes attempted per 90, the top 3% for progressive passes, the top 1% for dribbles completed, the top 6% for progressive carries and the top 6% for progressive passes received over the last year.
Furthermore, it is evident that Gvardiol also causes the opposition problems in an attacking capacity, with FBref ranking the centre-back in the top 7% of his peers for shot-creating actions per 90, in addition to the top 15% for npxG, the top 13% for assists, the top 4% for xA and the top 3% for npxG+xA over the last 12 months.
As such, it is easy to see why the former Bayern Munich centre-forward and Croatia international, Ivica Olic, claimed “everyone is talking about” the “extraordinary” Gvardiol, while it is also not difficult to understand why the Bundesliga website compares the defender’s style of play to that of Real Madrid’s David Alaba.
Indeed, should Fabio Paratici be able to get a deal over the line for the RB Leipzig star this summer, the Italian would appear to have landed Tottenham the next Alaba – something that is sure to be an incredibly exciting prospect for both Conte and supporters of the club alike.