Chelsea's Reece James wants Real Madrid move after initial £69 million offer

Reece James, a defender for Chelsea, reportedly wants to move to Real Madrid next summer as Florentino Perez assembles an alluring package

Since the Todd Boehly-led group acquired the club at the end of May 2022, the Blues have spent almost £1 billion in transfer fees, with about £300 million in assets being sold. Chelsea has a history of being willing to offload some of its top players, as evidenced by the sales of Kai Havertz and Mason Mount this summer, which significantly lowered the squad’s average age.

James, a defender for the Blues, is currently once more being connected to Real Madrid, with the president of the Spanish powerhouse Perez putting up a plan to sign the England international. With their “trust in Dani Carvajal limited,” Real Madrid’s priority for the upcoming summer, according to Spanish publication Nacional, “must be the incorporation of a right back.” Perez is “convinced” of this.

Carvajal has had a strong start to the season, but Perez “doubts that he can maintain this level throughout the year” and “going to the market is an obligation” because of this. James is Perez’s “favourite,” and Carlo Ancelotti is “obsessed” with the Englishman. The Chelsea right-back “occupys a privileged place on the agenda” at the Bernabeu. The Italian is said to have “recommended his incorporation on numerous occasions,” but the uneasy Chelsea team may “push him to leave” in the next summer.

If Chelsea fails to make the Champions League for the second consecutive season, James doesn’t want to keep “collecting failures” there and “could opt for a change of scenery.”In that situation, James has already said “yes,” according to Nacional, and Real Madrid is prepared to make Chelsea an offer of €80 million (£69 million) for the 23-year-old.

In order to “get the doors opened” for James, Perez will spend €60 million of which will be “fixed,” with the other €20 million coming from “variables.” The England international “will be tempted with a contract valid for the next five seasons,” according to Perez. According to the article, Real Madrid is prepared to give him “a salary of around” €12 million (£10.3 million) net annually, which is “the same as what David Alaba or Antonio Rudiger earn.” The La Liga team is also “cooking up a new bombshell over low heat,” according to the report.

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