Todd Boehly is about to break Chelsea’s agreement as Thomas Tuchel faces a £77m transfer shock

Thomas Tuchel has been dealt a big blow ahead of the forthcoming transfer window, with Chelsea yet to offer Reece James a new contract.

The 22-year-old, whose current contract at Stamford Bridge expires in 2025, has been extensively linked with a move to Real Madrid since their Champions League quarter-final clash two months ago.

Carlo Ancelotti, according to the Mirror, has put the defender at the top of his summer buying list.

Los Blancos have apparently been impressed by James after seeing him nine times this season.

Real Madrid’s interest in the right-back stems from growing insecurity in their defence, with Lucas Vazquez, a striker, frequently filling in for an ageing Dani Carvajal.




According to the article, Ancelotti’s entourage of scouts and technical experts consider James as the next piece of Real Madrid’s puzzle.

So, it’s believed that Chelsea’s new owners made it a priority to resolve his future with a new contract in order to deter potential suitors.

However, no approach has been made to extend James’ contract, according to the MailOnline, amid growing worry that the defender may feel undervalued.

According to the report, Manchester City is also interested in James. Regardless of the fact that two financial behemoths are circling Chelsea’s situation, Steve McManaman feels that luring James away from Stamford Bridge will be “almost impossible.”

The former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder wrote in his column for “Reece James would be an ideal long-term replacement for Dani Carvajal because he’s brilliant. Getting him away from Chelsea, however, will be nearly impossible.

“But absolutely, he’s a superstar player and he kept Vinicius Jr quiet when they faced off in the Champions League. He’s a lovely player but I don’t see him leaving Chelsea anytime soon.”

This season, James appeared 39 times for Chelsea, assisting on 16 goals in all competitions.

The CIES Football Observatory values the defender at £76.5 million, albeit he’s regularly filled in on the right of Tuchel’s back-three and can also be played in centre midfield if needed.

Since breaking through under Frank Lampard in 2019, the Cobham graduate has become a regular in the Blues starting XI and has been instrumental in much of the west London club’s success.

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