Josko Gvardiol weighing up options ahead of summer transfer decision
RB Leipzig centre-back Josko Gvardiol will not be rushed into making a decision on his future as he weighs up his options, sources have confirmed to 90min.
Gvardiol almost joined Chelsea last summer, but a deal could not be agreed and the Croatian international signed a new contract with Leipzig - a signal of his value to the Bundesliga outfit.
He then enjoyed a brilliant World Cup finals, emerging as one of the most in-demand defenders in the world, and most of Europe's top sides are expected to involve themselves in what could be a huge transfer scramble during the summer.
Since their failure to land him last summer, Chelsea have signed Frenchman Benoit Badiashile and also have Levi Colwill, currently on loan at Brighton, to return in the summer.
Whether Chelsea rekindle their interest or not remains to be seen but the battle to land Gvardiol is intense nonetheless, with Real Madrid positioning themselves in a very favourable position.
90min has been told that Luka Modric has been spoken to by Real officials about his fellow countryman and the veteran midfielder delivered a glowing reference.
Real are believed to see Gvardiol as the ideal option to bolster their central defensive options, especially as a left-sided talent.
However, the interest from England has also grown substantially in the last six months. Sources have confirmed to 90min that both Manchester City and Liverpool have sent scouts to keep regular updates on the defender, with the two heavyweights ensuring they remain in the loop.
The final decision will come down to Gvardiol, but a move this summer does look increasingly likely as clubs will also want to try and avoid having to pay a release clause of close to £100m which kicks in next year.