After striking Rudiger deal, Real Madrid make contact over another Chelsea defender
Spanish giants Real Madrid have set their sights on a move for a 2nd member of Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea squad, according to reports.
The subject of one defender set to swap Stamford Bridge for the Bernabeu ahead of next season has of course dominated the European football headlines across recent weeks.
This comes with Antonio Rudiger having come to the decision to call time on his spell in west London, to link up with Carlo Ancelotti’s squad upon the expiration of his contract in the summer.
The agreement between Toni Rüdiger and Real Madrid has been reached on a four year deal, valid until June 2026. ⚪️🤝 #RealMadrid
It’s matter of final details before signing the contracts. No official announcement before the end of the season, even if Toni will sign in May. pic.twitter.com/gnTAv6GYr3
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 25, 2022
As alluded to above, though, if the latest word following on the back of Rudiger’s move to La Liga being all but confirmed is anything to go by, then Real Madrid do not appear to be content with luring just one member of Chelsea’s defensive unit away from the English capital.
This comes amid the suggestion that Los Merengues have also set their sights firmly on the addition of Reece James.
As per a report from the reliable Nizaar Kinsella of Goal, a whole host of ‘superclubs’ from across the continent are keen on James’ signature.
This comes with the English international, despite his emergence as one of the most important members of Thomas Tuchel’s squad, nevertheless one of the lowest paid players on Chelsea’s books.
Rival clubs, in turn, appear keen to offer James the opportunity to secure a wage packet more in line with his unquestionable abilities.
And chief amongst the list of suitors come Real Madrid, who have already gone as far as to make contact with the defender over the possibility of a transfer in the summer of 2023.
Reece James was amazing again last night. Remarkably, he is one of the lowest paid players at Chelsea leading to other superclubs trying to turn his head over a move. Real Madrid have already made contact about a possible 2023 move. https://t.co/XXazFAF1dL #CFC
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) April 29, 2022
Old Trafford showcase
Word of Real’s ongoing interest in James’ services of course comes fresh on the back of the 22-year-old putting his talents on full display once more on Thursday night.
Restored to his spot on the right of a back-5 for a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United, James proved the matchup’s standout performer, excelling on both sides of the ball.
What a goal that would’ve been… 😮😮
Reece James goes within inches of grabbing a Chelsea winner after some brilliant build-up play 🤩 pic.twitter.com/CJzm1gMYHJ
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 28, 2022
In turn, the English international will be expected to feature from the off once more this weekend, when Chelsea travel to Merseyside to take on an Everton outfit battling for their top-flight lives.
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