Real Madrid’s right-back position has been a volatile department for some time now. Dani Carvajal was the only full-time player in the department until Zinedine Zidane deployed Lucas Vazquez in the position. Even now, there is no one to challenge the duo, with Alvaro Odriziola on loan at Fiorentina.
According to reports from Daily Mail, Los Blancos are interested in signing Chelsea’s right-back Reece James. The club’s academy player has proven to be indispensable to Thomas Tuchel’s plans with many fans accrediting the recent poor form to James’ unavailability.
The situation at Chelsea is unprecedented. The club’s owner, Roman Abramovic, has been sanctioned by the Government. Furthermore, the club have lost their rights to buy, sell or even renew existing stars until the situation is resolved.
James was set to be renewed to a higher pay scale at Chelsea, but the situation is not clear now. With new owners set to come in, the right-back will want to evaluate the new administration and project before committing to a renewal.
In 15 Premier League starts this season, the Englishman has five goals and six assists. He has created six big chances and records close to two key passes every game.
The arrival of James would put Carvajal under more pressure to perform and could signal the end of Vazquez’s tenure as a right-back. However, the signing will not be easy as Manchester City, too, are eyeing the 22-year-old.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
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.