From the sale of Timo Werner to the late capture of Carney Chukwuemeka, Chelsea have endured a busy summer in the market.
However, with the transfer window done and dusted, the club are focusing on extending the contract of some of the most underpaid players in the first team. The first player in contention for a new deal is Reece James, as per The Athletic.
James was a target for Real Madrid earlier in the summer. The reigning European champions had considered signing the Chelsea starlet as part of their plans to offer more competition to Dani Carvajal in the right-back position.
James’ versatility, coupled with his athleticism out wide had made him the ideal option for Real Madrid, who were keen on taking advantage of the defender’s uncertain contract situation with Chelsea.
However, as per the report, the Blues are prepared to resolve the corridor of uncertainty by offering a bumper contract extension to the defender.
The player has even agreed on the new terms that would make him the highest-paid defender in Chelsea’s history. It could go a long way in helping the Premier League giants secure his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.
The contract extension also means Real Madrid will not be in a position to sign the English international, at least not in the immediate future.
But the club may continue to keep an eye on his development. At the age of just 22, Reece James has time on his side and could still move to a bigger club in the future, especially if he can continue his rapid progress in the Premier League.
In the meantime, Real Madrid may look for other long-term solutions in the right-back department. They do boast the services of Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez, but with both the players well past their thirties, a new option could be the need of the hour.
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.