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.
€85 million-rated Serie A winger ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid, claims father
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dreams of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the winger’s father has revealed following the UEFA Champions League clash between the two teams last night.
Kvaratskhelia, 22, exploded upon arriving at Napoli last year, leading them to the Serie A title on the back of his explosive performances.
The Georgian winger has been impressing in the ongoing campaign as well, although he failed to score or assist in either of Napoli’s meetings with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
Kvaratskhelia has previously spoken about how he has always been a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid and grew up idolising some of the club’s legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti, among others.
Now, the 22-year-old winger’s father has revealed that his son has always dreamt of and continues to dream of playing for Real Madrid.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Kvaratskhelia’s father said: “Khvicha always dreamed and still dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I am sure about it.”
Talking about the fact that the winger got to play against Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia’s father added: “For Khvicha, playing vs Real Madrid was special. In my family, everyone is a Real Madrid supporter, except me.”
Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are looking for a centre-forward next summer and have Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as their main targets.
As for Kvaratskhelia, whose market value stands at €85 million, it seems quite apparent that he harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid. But it remains to be seen if there is some interest from Los Blancos in signing the winger.