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Real Madrid like newly-appointed Chelsea captain as an option for the future – report



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Real Madrid have slowly but surely transitioned multiple positions to the next generation.

Eder Militao, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Jude Bellingham, Federico Valverde, and Vinicius Jr are a few stars who are already occupying starting roles in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup.

Of the few departments that remain in the grasp of veterans, the right-back is one. Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are both on the wrong side of 30, yet the only options at the manager’s disposal.

It is thus no secret that Real Madrid must sign a new right-back in the coming transfer windows.

And, according to reports from Rodra (via Los Blancos Live), the Merengues like Reece James as an option to reinforce the right-back position.

A star in London

Having joined Chelsea’s academy at the tender age of six, James has come a long way. Earlier this week, the defender was confirmed as the club captain for the 2023-24 season.

The 23-year-old was integrated into Chelsea’s first team ahead of the 2019-20 season, and he has gone on to be an irreplaceable part of the side ever since.

Long-term heir to Dani Carvajal? (Photo by Alex Slitz/Getty Images for Premier League)

In 2021-22, James played 26 Premier League games for the Blues, scoring five goals and providing nine assists in the process. Injury problems limited his contributions last season, but he is back in the lineup now having recovered from his setback.

Considering his age and quality on the field, the English international would be the ideal candidate to take over as Real Madrid’s next right-back after Carvajal.

No right-back signing this summer

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that the Merengues would not sign a new right-back this summer.

With Carvajal and Vazquez present, along with Nacho Fernandez and Castilla’s Vinicius Tobias as adequate backups, the position seems well-covered for now.

Next summer, Los Blancos will likely focus on both full-back departments.

Alphonso Davies is the priority for the left side, and Reece James could well be their man for the right flank.

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Real Madrid attentive to the situation of Serie A marksman, Chelsea, Saudi Arabia also keen



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Amid signs of trouble brewing between Napoli and their ace goalscorer Victor Osimhen, Real Madrid are keeping a close eye on the Nigerian hitman’s situation, reports the Daily Mail.

The 24-year-old was one of the pioneers of Napoli’s Serie A title triumph during the 2022/23 season. But the relationship between the player and the club appears to have taken a hit over the past few days.

All is not well between Osimhen and Napoli

It all started with a distasteful video mocking Osimhen’s penalty miss during the game against Bologna that was posted on Napoli’s official TikTok account.

While the club took down the video soon after, it has not gone down too well with the 24-year-old or his entourage.

In fact, Osimhen’s agent even hinted at a possible legal proceeding against the Partenopei for the social media blunder.

The striker was in action for the club’s game against Udinese last night and even scored a goal, but was in no mood to celebrate.

Real Madrid attentive

Given the recent developments, Real Madrid are understood to have taken a note of the situation and are keeping a close eye on the matter.

The Merengues had been linked with a move for Osimhen during the summer transfer window as well, although nothing came of it.

Back on Madrid’s agenda. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

But with the lack of a natural striker beyond Joselu becoming an issue, the Napoli hitman could become an option either in January or in the summer, if he decides to part ways with the Serie A giants.

Apart from Real Madrid, though, clubs from Saudi Arabia are also looking at Osimhen and would be willing to throw cash at him just like they did with several top stars during the summer window.

Chelsea, too, have an interest in Osimhen although they could find it difficult to sign him in January unless they make some cuts to their squad.

It remains to be seen if this leads to anything in the coming months but for now Real Madrid are closely watching the situation surrounding Osimhen.

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