Fabrizio Romano has offered Spurs fans some hope regarding the club’s rumoured pursuit of Josko Gvardiol by explaining that the race for the centre-back is still ‘open’.

Reports over recent weeks have indicated that Spurs and Chelsea are in ‘the front row’ for Gvardiol’s signature ahead of the January transfer window (Tuttosport).

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90min revealed a couple of days ago that the Blues are ‘optimistic’ about winning the race for the 20-year-old’s signature.

The report explained that Graham Potter’s men had already struck an agreement with Leipzig regarding Christopher Nkunku and that Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is hopeful of also snapping up Gvardiol, given the good relationship he has established with the Bundesliga club’s hierarchy. 

Romano has now explained on his YouTube channel that while the West London club have agreed on a deal for Nkuku, the Gvardiol deal is far from done.

He stated that Chelsea still have some work to do to sign the Croat and that the race for the defender is still ‘open’

The journalist also revealed that Spurs pulled out of the race for Gvardiol during the summer as the North Londoners found the player to be ‘too expensive’ at the time.

Watch the full video below:

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Chelsea appear to be overwhelming favourites to snap up Gvardiol, not only due to the relationship that they have with Leipzig but also because they arguably need a left-sided centre-back much more urgently than Spurs do. 

Conte and Paratici are likely to put off addressing that position until next summer, given that both Ben Davies and Clement Lenglet have been solid so far this campaign.

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