Spanish giants, Real Madrid have reportedly approached Chelsea defender Reece James over a possible move in the summer window transfer.
According to a report by Goal.com Reece James has quickly become an important target for Real Madrid heading into the summer transfer window.
The reports revealed that Real Madrid have contacted the Chelsea defender over possible move ahead of the 2022/23 season, with the Blues set to give a tough fight to keep hold of their prized asset.
But despite his standing in the first-team squad, James, who is under contract until 2025, is not one of Chelsea’s highest earners.
Reece James has become one of the highly regarded best young full-backs in Europe after going from strength to strength since establishing a foothold in the first-team setup at Stamford Bridge.
The English international is now a key figure for his club side and country and has enjoyed a solid 2021/22 campaign.
The 22-year-old have gotten for himself six goals and seven assists in 31 appearances across all competitions. And even though injuries have tried to play a spoilsport, James has been so impressive that he has emerged on the radars of several high profile clubs across Europe, including Real Madrid.
It is no longer news that Mardrid’s back, Dani Carvajal have been having some tough time this season which could have been the reason behind the Laliga’s super side decision to make moves towards James.
Real Madrid’s manager, Carlo Ancelotti does not have another natural right-back in his squad, meaning he has had to rely on Lucas Vazquez and Nacho to fill in as makeshift solutions at times.
But neither Spaniard has been convincing enough this season, prompting Real Madrid to set sights on James. And the Chelsea defender has quickly become a priority target for Los Blancos.
The Spanish giants are now stepping up their efforts to prise the 22-year-old away from Chelsea, approaching him over a possible move in the summer transfer window.
Real Madrid will have no problem spending big to land James, but they might need to fend off stiff competition from other European bigwigs to get him.
While the report does not mention the identity of other suitors, what seems certain is that Chelsea will fight tooth and nail to keep hold of James beyond the summer transfer window, especially with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen set to leave as free agents. It will be interesting to see if Chelsea can ward off Real Madrid to retain the services of James going into the 2022/23 season.
Meanwhile, all being said, the Blues cannot sign or sell players until a new owner arrives.
They have, however, already begun scouting and discussing transfer options at the club’s Cobham training base as they look to hit the ground running when they get the green light to start making moves again.