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Chelsea defender unlikely to leave in the summer amid Real Madrid links – Romano

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Real Madrid have been linked with a move for Reece James lately. The Chelsea star has emerged as one of the options for the Spanish giants, in their bid to add reinforcements in the right-back department.

Although Dani Carvajal has been an excellent servant for the club over the years, the defender is nearing the final phase of his career. He has also had fitness issues throughout his career, thus accentuating the need for a reliable alternative.

That is where Reece James comes into the fray. The English international had emerged as an exciting option for the club, as he can operate not only as a right-back but also as a wing-back. He can even play in a back three if required.

However, according to Fabrizio Romano (h/t Caught Offside), Reece James is not leaving Chelsea anytime soon. The defender will not depart Stamford Bridge despite links with Real Madrid.

It is hardly surprising as the Spanish giants are likely to face economic difficulties in funding a move for the English international, who is a doubt for the upcoming Champions League tie between the two sides.

With over 140 competitive appearances for Chelsea, coupled with his long-term contract at Stamford Bridge, James is destined to cost a fortune in the coming summer.

As part of their plans to sign the defender, Real Madrid were banking on Chelsea having to offload a few of their stars in the coming, in order to balance the books. But the Blues have several other unwanted players they can afford to offload, rather than getting rid of James.

Therefore, Real Madrid must look at other alternatives in their bid to sign a right-back next season. They were linked with a move for Joao Cancelo in January and might look to reconsider a move for the Portuguese international in the summer.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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