The Premier League giants top the list of potential suitors when it comes to the 20-year-old RB Leipzig centre-back but the Blues are certainly not the only ones eyeing the defender.
Such has been the rise of Josko Gvardiol at the World Cup every top team in Europe is now being linked with the young Croatia star with Real Madrid, Man United and Barcelona all mentioned as suitors.
The news also comes with the Athletic mentioning that RB Leipzig may well value their star asset at a cool £77m (€90m) with Josko Gvardiol now one of the hottest properties in Europe.
But with Chelsea reportedly heading the queue, Rangers star Borna Barisic has been waxing lyrical about his Croatia teammate and claims that the talents Gvardiol have are a gift from God himself.
“He plays like he has 100 caps for the national team. But that is what happens when God gives you everything,” said Barisic [TalkSPORT].
“In football, that is what he has and I think he will have an absolutely amazing career.
”It seems like for him this is just some game without any pressure. Like he is playing with friends, he is very, very relaxed.”
Chelsea-linked Josko Gvardiol praised by Barisic
Chelsea were said to have come close to signing Josko Gvardiol over the last few windows with the London club set to pay the price for being hesitant in the market.
Gvardiol himself has previously spoken about the links to Stamford Bridge and seems particularly open to the switch.
“It’s a big club of course and, who knows, maybe one day I will be there,” said Josko Gvardiol, as quoted in the Athletic report.
“It’s really nice to see things like this, especially because there is Kovacic, so you never know. I talk with him.”
Rangers star Borna Barisic started alongside Josko Gvardiol as Croatia booked their place in the World Cup quarter finals.