Real Madrid are unlikely to make any notable moves in the transfer market after bagging the services of Jude Bellingham, Arda Guler and Joselu, among others, this summer.
However, the club have already prepared plans for next season, as they look to move one step closer to forming a transition.
One of the weak points that must be addressed is the right-back position. Dani Carvajal is not getting any younger, while the club lack the services of a reliable alternative.
Real Madrid impressed with Reece James
According to journalist Rodra P (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid are impressed with the profile of Reece James. The club have been scouting him for quite some time now.
James is currently plying his trade with Chelsea but was heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge since the start of the year, with Real Madrid emerging as one of the suitors.
While James might not leave Chelsea this summer, Real Madrid have identified the Englishman as an ideal candidate for next season.
It appears the Spanish giants want James to become the club’s first-choice right-back next season, as they look to slowly phase out the ageing Carvajal.
A product of the Chelsea youth academy, James enjoyed immense success at an early age. At just 23, he has featured in almost 150 competitive matches for the Blues.
The defender was rewarded for his contributions to Chelsea earlier this month when new coach Mauricio Pochettino handed him the captain’s armband.
But with the Blues struggling to perform in the Premier League despite massive investments by Todd Boehly, James could consider leaving Stamford Bridge in the near future.
That is where Real Madrid come into the fray. Although Los Blancos are likely to make a move for Kylian Mbappe next summer, James, too, could emerge as one of the top targets for the club.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Atletico Madrid
Following Barcelona’s awe-inspiring comeback win against Celta Vigo yesterday, the pressure is on Real Madrid to regain top spot in La Liga as they travel to Civitas Metropolitano to lock horns against Atletico Madrid.
The first Madrid derby of the season will not feature Vinicius Jr, who had to pull out of the travelling squad today due to a stomach bug.
Jude Bellingham has been given the green light, though, and is likely starting as the out and out striker for this game, with Joselu benched. The Englishman is joined by Rodrygo by his side, while Luka Modric plays behind them as the attacking midfielder.
Behind this trio, Toni Kroos has been handed the keys as the pivot, with Aurelien Tchouameni benched. Eduardo Camavinga starts alongside Federico Valverde as the central midfielders.
Lucas Vazquez fills in for the injured Daniel Carvajal at right-back, while Fran Garcia comes back to take over his left-back spot from Nacho. David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger round off the quadrant in central defence, screening Kepa in goal.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Kepa; Vazquez, Rudiger, Alaba, Garcia; Valverde, Kroos, Camavinga; Modric; Rodrygo, Bellingham