Alan Hutton believes Tottenham Hotspur can beat Chelsea to the signing of RB Leipzig centre-back Josko Gvardiol.

Both Tottenham (Football.London) and Chelsea (Fabrizio Romano) were credited with an interest in Gvardiol during the summer transfer window but the defender ended up staying at RB Leipzig and even signed a contract extension with the Bundesliga club.

Calciomercato.it reported last month that despite both Chelsea and Spurs failing with their efforts to sign the Croat in the summer, both London clubs continue to have an eye on the centre-back.

However, journalist Simon Phillips told GiveMeSport a couple of weeks ago that Graham Potter’s men wish to complete a double deal for Gvardiol and Christopher Nkunku and suggested that the 20-year-old defender is open to joining Chelsea.

This was also backed up by Bild, who stated last week that the Blues are the favourites to snap up the Leipzig star next summer.

However, Hutton believes that Gvardiol will be tempted by Tottenham as well and backed Antonio Conte’s men to go toe-to-toe with their London rivals for the centre-back.

The former Spurs right-back told Football Insider about the Leipzig star: “I don’t see why Tottenham can’t beat Chelsea to him.

“They’re definitely now in the conversation, fighting with the likes of Chelsea, and that attractiveness will only increase with cup runs and European football.

“I think for the player, he’ll be more than happy to be linked with both clubs.

“But with Conte potentially signing a new long-term deal, and the progress that they’re making – it’s something, as a player, that I would want to be involved in.”

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Rather than getting into a bidding war with Chelsea for Gvardiol, I wonder if Spurs will turn their attention to Bastoni instead, especially given the fact that Conte has worked with the Inter star.

One can also not completely rule out the possibility of Spurs signing Lenglet permanently should the Frenchman impress for the remainder of the season.

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