Real Madrid are among the big European clubs who have approached Chelsea full-back Reece James for a possible transfer. Real Madrid’s plan would be to sign the full-back in the 2023 summer transfer window. Blues Antonio Rudiger.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are also ready to challenge the Blues and Liverpool to sign Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni. Reece James has established himself as one of Chelsea’s key players and would be a huge loss for Thomas Tuchel, who relies on him as a starter. He is one of the players around whom the club’s hierarchy wants to build its team for the next few years.
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Despite his place in the first team, Reece James, who is under contract until 2025, is not among Chelsea’s highest paid players. It’s a similar situation to Mason Mount, with both players fiercely loyal to Chelsea, but they are among the lowest paid in west London. Even though the list of things to do by the new owners when they arrive is huge, they will have to secure the long-term future of these two players who could see their heads spinning by the summer of 2023, especially if things do not happen. not go as planned in the coming months.
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The two players’ contract situation came as a surprise to the Blues’ European rivals, who asked them if they were interested in a contract extension in view of a future transfer. Both players have insisted that isn’t the case, but they’ve had little dialogue over extending their contracts so far.
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Cesar Azpilicueta is still in the sights of FC Barcelona, Andreas Christensen has already agreed to join Camp Nou and Rudiger is going to Madrid. Jorginho is one of Juventus’ summer targets and could be allowed to leave, while Conor Gallagher is expected to return to the squad after his loan spell at Crystal Palace. Saul Niguez is not expected to be bought permanently by Chelsea, who cannot currently exercise this option due to sanctions against the club.
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Moreover, N’Golo Kante and Marcos Alonso see their contracts expire next year and will have to discuss new contracts if they want to stay at Stamford Bridge. Several clubs are interested in a transfer, including Armando Broja and Levi Colwill, who are at Southampton and Huddersfield respectively. All that said, the Blues cannot sign or sell players until a new owner arrives.
However, they have already started scouting and discussing transfer options at the club’s training base in Cobham, in order to be ready as soon as they are given the green light to start moving again. Many potential transfers are linked to player departures, with the ‘one in, one out’ policy discussed before Roman Abramovich was forced to sell the club.
Additional reporting by Jorge Picon.