Report: Club planning to bid for 22-year-old Chelsea player, aim to see how much Blues' new owners want to keep him
Real Madrid are reportedly planning a bid to try sign Chelsea star Reece James this summer.
According to The Mirror, Spanish club Madrid have made Chelsea’s 22-year-old wing-back a priority target ahead of the summer window.
It is explained the La Liga giants are set to test Chelsea’s resolve with an offer for James, who they’ve scouted and watched at least nine times already this season. Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is a big admirer of his, too.
The report explains the full-back’s future will largely depend on who becomes the next Blues owners, as they’ll have the “final say” on his future after discussions with manager Thomas Tuchel.
For Madrid, they believe James can be a long-term solution for their defence and know he’ll cost a large transfer fee. They want to test how much Chelsea’s new owners want to keep him.
The England international has become one of the most pivotal players at Stamford Bridge since coming through the club’s academy, so any talk of his exit will surely only frustrate the fanbase.
Hopefully, the club’s next owners won’t even consider offloading the prized asset.
Outstanding Chelsea talent
It wouldn’t be unreasonable to put James right up there in terms of Chelsea’s best youngsters, along with Mason Mount and Kai Havertz.
Aged 22, he already looks such a dependable figure in Tuchel’s side.
He’s shown his superb defensive attributes recently by dropping into a back three at centre-back, something he’s done in the FA Cup and Champions League.
In addition, everyone knows what an attacking threat he is when he plays in his usual right wing-back position.