Chelsea plotting double RB Leipzig swoop as Blues eye move for Josko Gvardiol with deal for forward Christopher Nkunku ‘verbally agreed already’

Chelsea are hoping to complete a raid on RB Leipzig next summer by adding Josko Gvardiol to their shopping list. The Blues have already reportedly struck a deal to sign Christopher Nkunku from the German giants. Gvardiol is regarded as one of the top young talents in world football RB Leipzig’s Nkunku looks set to be joining Chelseagetty The Premier League side are said to have triggered the player’s £52.7m release clause, with Nkunku having signed a pre-contract agreement and reportedly passing a medical. While the forward looks set to be heading to Stamford Bridge, it seems that a new defender is high up on the priority list as well. Gvardiol is regarded as one of the best young defenders in Europe having made 52 appearances for Dinamo Zagreb, before heading to Leipzig where he has since made another 55 appearances. At just 20 years of age, the Croatian international is a player who looks set to shine in the years ahead with Chelsea spotting that potential. The Blues were keen to make an £80million move for the central defender over the summer, however RB Leipzig indicated that they wouldn’t be looking to sell until next summer. With Chelsea looking to build a team for the future, Gvardiol looks likely to be a key transfer target with Graham Potter’s side looking at a potential deal in either January or next summer. The Croatian starlet is near the top of Chelsea’s list of targetsGetty Most read in Football tirade Man City staff 'overheard' furious half-time rant led by two Man United stars finally Forgotten man set for first Anfield start two seasons on from signing for Liverpool update Premier League footballer arrested on suspicion of rape has bail extended at source Haaland form 'scarcely believable' and can only be stopped in one way - Gallagher tense 'Quite insulting' - Maddison hits back at England claims in awkward chat with Neville spat Carragher calls Ferdinand a Ronaldo 'fan boy' as legends poke fun at each other OFFER OF THE DAY NEW CUSTOMER OFFER Back this treble with Betway and get your money back (up to £30) if it loses – CLAIM HERE Tottenham to beat E. Frankfurt Ajax to beat Napoli Barcelona to beat Inter Milan A £30 bet at 7/1 returns £240 or get your money back as a free bet! T&Cs: New UK customers only. Min Deposit: £5. Maximum Free Bet: £30. First bet on a Football or Horse Racing multiple with 3+ selections. Overall odds: 3.00 (2/1) or higher. Free Bets available upon settlement of the qualifying bet. Debit card deposits only. Deposit method restrictions apply. This offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. 18+. Bet The Responsible Way. Full terms apply.