Chelsea should stop at nothing to bring Manchester City target Josko Gavrdiol to Stamford Bridge this summer.
That’s according to Blues legend Gus Poyet, who believes a defender should now be the top priority for the west Londoners following Wesley Fofana’s injury. The Frenchman’s latest injury setback will see him sidelined for several months after knee surgery. He missed several months last season after injuring the same knee against AC Milan in the Champions League.
“If I were Chelsea, I would sign a defender,” Poyet told Casino Site. “I’m not saying that those who are there at the moment can’t play, but when you lose a player like Fofana for the whole season you have to react because I’m sure he was one of the four main central players.
“What kind of player you have, whether it’s a young player or an experienced player, depends on Pochettino. It’s an interesting option because sometimes you might want to bring in someone with experience if Thiago Silva can’t play, so that would be an interesting decision, but they definitely need a defender.”
Poyet initially saw a new striker as the club’s biggest ambition in the transfer window, but is now eyeing former club rivals Man City for RB Leipzig defender Gvardiol, who dazzled in Croatia at the 2022 World Cup.
“If you asked me before Fofana’s injury, I would have said a striker based on Lukaku,” says Poyet. “I still don’t know what happened to Lukaku, I don’t even think Lukaku knows what happened to him, but for that we have to wait.
“Of the defenders there, the one I like is Man City target Josko Gvardiol, so it will be difficult to get him. But it’s about the characteristics, and that’s a question for Pochettino.”
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The blues have been linked with Sadio Manealong with Neymar, star of Paris Saint-Germainin an attempt to improve their staff, while Looks like Manuel Ugarte is going to PSG. Kylian Mbappe could be on the cardsalso, while Andre Onana is still on the radar.
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