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Chelsea open contract talks with key defender ‘admired’ by Real Madrid

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Dani Carvajal has been the mainstay at right-back for Real Madrid in recent years but is getting no younger. He turned 30 years old earlier this year and is headed towards the dusk of his career.

Lucas Vazquez has been a more than reliable backup option to the Spaniard, but the fact remains that he is not a natural right-back. In such a situation, Real Madrid are on the lookout for a top right-back to sign in the coming windows.

One of the names strongly linked with a move to the Bernabeu is Reece James. The Chelsea defender is one of the most highly sought-after defenders in world football after his consistent high-level performances over the last two seasons.

Needless to say, Real Madrid have taken notice of his abilities and are admirers of his talent. According to The Athletic, Chelsea are aware of the Champions League winners’ interest in James and have begun talks over a contract extension with the player.

The 22-year-old is currently one of the lowest-paid players in Thomas Tuchel’s squad. Three years remain on his current deal with the Londoners, but a tempting offer from a top European club could lure him away from Stamford Bridge.

Last season, the youngster made 26 Premier League appearances for Chelsea. In that duration, he scored five goals, provided nine assists and averaged over seven defensive actions per game.

His impressive performances at the club level earned him a starting spot in Gareth Southgate’s England side ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold. Needless to say, an extension with Chelsea will not stop Los Blancos’ pursuit of the player next summer.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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