Real Madrid have begun the season oozing optimism. The results have been positive, with two wins in two games, while individuals all over the pitch have performed admirably.
But even with the team showcasing improvements in various aspects, Los Blancos have not abandoned their recruitment policies, having shortlisted positions that require immediate attention.
The right-back position has long been under scrutiny, and reinforcements on the right cannot be ruled out in the distant future.
According to Fichajes, the target entering Real Madrid’s crosshairs is none other than Chelsea superstar Reece James.
Reece James on the horizon for Real Madrid
The Merengues have taken notice of James’ talents. The Englishman has distinguished himself on the pitch by demonstrating extraordinary maturity, making him one of the most promising right-backs in the Premier League.
While Dani Carvajal has started the season off strong, his waning physicality and age have contributed to fluctuations in form over the years as he enters the final stages of his career.
As per the report, James, despite recurrent injuries, has been high on Fiorentino Perez and Ancelotti’s wishlist, who desire to see him sign for the Merengues next year in 2024.
The 23-year-old is considered the ideal replacement for Carvajal, who is essentially on his last legs.
Signing James will not be easy
However, acquiring one of Chelsea’s most symbolic players will by no means be a cakewalk.
The right-back has a contract until 2026, and has a market value of €65 million. He is seen as one of the key figures at Stamford Bridge and was even handed the club captaincy by manager Mauricio Pochettino this season.
So, Chelsea will not make it easy for Real Madrid to sign the England international and any move would likely command a big transfer fee.
That said, with reports that Kylian Mbappe is likely to arrive on a free transfer next year, Madrid, the likelihood of the Royal Whites dishing out a large sum for James next summer is certainly in the offing.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”