Chelsea could demand four Real Madrid stars in Reece James swap transfer
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Reece James has been a revelation since breaking into the Chelsea team, and has emerged as one of the Premier League’s finest full-backs. However, this has attracted interest from some of Europe’s top sides, with Real Madrid reportedly interested.
James has become a key part of the Chelsea team after former manager Frank Lampard initially put his faith in the youngster during his time in the dugout at Stamford Bridge.
The 21-year-old has become one of the best right-backs in the Premier League and his form means he has attracted interest from clubs elsewhere.
One of those reportedly stepping their interest is Real Madrid, according to the Liverpool Echo, as Los Blancos look to start a new era at the Santiago Bernabeu and replace long-term option Dani Carvajal.
However, Thomas Tuchel will be reluctant to let his future star go and could ask for a number of Madrid players in return to complete a transfer.
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Chelsea only made one marquee signing this summer by resigning Romelu Lukaku in a deal worth £97.5million in addition to the loan arrival of Saul Niguez and free transfer signing of Marcus Bettinelli.
The Blues failed in their pursuit of Jules Kounde, with the French defender staying put at Sevilla, but Tuchel is on the hunt for a central defender as Antonio Rudiger is yet to commit his future to the club.
The German international is well into the final year of his Chelsea deal and could leave the club for free if a new deal isn’t agreed.
That means if James is to be sold, it’s likely that Tuchel would demand that Madrid offer a defensive reinforcement to balance the deal.
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Eder Militao is a potential candidate due to his versatility at being able to operate in the centre of defence and as a right-back.
The 23-year-old Brazilian has played at full-back for Madrid and his former side Porto, and could be a useful asset to Tuchel as he could play in a variety of roles across the German’s rigid back line.
If a move for Militao isn’t possible, the other standout defender that Chelsea could opt for is Ferland Mendy, as the Frenchman naturally operates in a full-back position, although usually on the opposite side.
Mendy, 26, is currently injured, but was signed as a long-term replacement for Marcelo whose game time has been limited at the Santiago Bernabeu since Mandy joined Los Blancos.
Although a defensive option would be preferred, James does operate very high up the Chelsea right-flank, and two more Madrid options could potentially occupy the role, albeit much more forward minded.
Marco Asensio has been linked with a move away from Madrid for a number of seasons and the Spaniard frequently plays out on the right for Los Blancos and for his national side.
Arsenal were one of the Premier League teams linked with Asensio over the summer and Tuchel could bring in the Spaniard for a cheap fee, especially if they decide against a permanent move for Saul after a poor start to his loan spell.
Vinicius Junior is one of Madrid’s top talents but with the potential arrival of Kylian Mbappe next summer, the Brazilian could seek a new venture.
While James is hardly the slowest player in the squad, having a player with Vinicius’ electric pace would give Chelsea an outlet on the flank for the rest of the league and provide a similar service to Lukaku in the middle as he has done for Karim Benzema.
It is remains highly unlikely that Chelsea will allow James to leave given his importance. But with Madrid building a squad for the future, it may prove an opportunity too tempting for the 21-year-old to turn down.
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