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Spurs: Fabio Paratici interested in Josko Gvardiol

Tottenham Hotspur remain interested in a deal to bring Josko Gvardiol to north London.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to a recent report by Football Insider, who claim that, after being heavily linked with a move for the Red Bull Salzburg centre-back this summer, Fabio Paratici has once again sent scouts to watch the 20-year-old in action this season, ahead of launching a potential move for the Croatia international either this winter or at the end of the current campaign.

The report goes on to state that Chelsea are also keeping a close eye on the situation of the defender – who is reported to possess a minimum fee release clause in the region of £44m.

Extraordinary deal

Considering the undoubted potential Gvardiol clearly possesses, should Paratici manage to seal a £44m deal for the centre-back in either the January or summer transfer window, it would most certainly represent an extraordinary signing by the Spurs’ sporting director.

Indeed, over his 29 Bundesliga appearances last season, the £95m-rated talent was in sensational defensive form, helping his side keep seven clean sheets, in addition to making an average of 1.8 interceptions, 1.6 tackles, 1.9 clearances and winning 5.9 duels – at a success rate of 58% – per game.

The £21k-per-week defender also impressed going forwards, scoring two goals, providing two assists and creating four big chances, as well as completing an average of 59.3 passes, 3.4 long balls, 1.3 dribbles and taking 0.8 shots per fixture.

These returns saw the player who Ivica Olic dubbed “extraordinary” average a simply astonishing SofaScore match rating of 7.10, ranking him as Leipzig’s fourth-best performer in the top flight of German football last time out.

The 20-year-old has also caught the eye over his two appearances in the Champions League in the current campaign, helping his side keep one clean sheet, in addition to making an average of 2.0 tackles, one interception, 5.0 clearances and winning 3.5 duels – at a success rate of 70% – per fame.

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These metrics have seen the left-footer who Stefan Bienkowski claimed is “thriving” average an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.10, currently ranking him as Leipzig’s third-best performer in Europe’s most prestigious club competition.

As such, considering his remarkable returns at such a young age, his ability to play at left centre-back in a back three or four, as well as the fact his release clause is a whopping £51m lower than his current market valuation, it is clear to see that, should Paratici manage to get a £44m deal over the line for the 20-year-old, it would undoubtedly represent an extraordinary signing for the Italian and the north London side.

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