Josko Gvardiol drops Real Madrid transfer hint
Gvardiol helped Croatia qualify for the World Cup round of 16 stage, keeping a clean sheet against Belgium as Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku missed a number of golden opportunities to score. The 20-year-old centre-back opened up on the possibility of moving to Real Madrid in the future after the 0-0 draw against Belgium.
Speaking to Relevo, the Croatian defender said: “Real Madrid is the biggest club in the world, so who knows. Maybe one day I can play there.”
When asked whether he would like to play for Madrid one day in his career, Gvardiol responded: “I would like to, yes. Real Madrid, there’s no need [to learn about the club], I already know everything. I know it’s the biggest club in the world and how important it is to be linked to such a team.
Juventus target Edouard Mendy January transfer
Chelsea are said to have already offered Mendy to London rivals Tottenham as they look to sell him on in the January transfer window, with Potter keen on signing a replacement to start ahead of Kepa. The Senegalese goalkeeper cost Chelsea £22million when he arrived back in 2019 and has now been linked with a shock move to Juventus, as per TuttoJuve.
According to CIES Football Observatory, Mendy is currently worth €40million (£34million) due to his contract not expiring until 2025. Chelsea may be willing to accept a fee closer to what they paid for the 30-year-old three years ago, however, as they look to move him on and free up some transfer and wage budget.
Chelsea wary of Jude Bellingham transfer blow
Chelsea will hope that they can convince Jude Bellingham to complete a transfer to Stamford Bridge next summer.
Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of Bellingham’s closest friends in the England camp, with the Dortmund star having expressed his admiration for his idol Reds’ legend Steven Gerrard, along with praising Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson in a recent interview.
The 24-year-old Liverpool star has since addressed speculation over whether he is trying to convince Bellingham to move to Anfield in an interview with BBC 5 Live Sport after he posted a picture with the 19-year-old on Instagram. Alexander-Arnold said: “I’m just going out with a mate, aren’t I!
“Everyone saying ‘agent Trent’, but no, a few of us went out yesterday after being given the day off. We [him and Bellingham] just decided to get a picture together.
“World Cups are a once in a lifetime, or at least a couple of times in a lifetime, not many people can say they’ve been to them. It’s just good to get some pictures on board and stuff like that so that’s what we tried to do.”