Real Madrid may hope Chelsea’s determination to balance their books to meet financial fair play regulations offers them an opportunity.
Chelsea have underwhelmed this season and may look to offload players to ensure they meet financial fair play requirements, but could Reece James really leave Stamford Bridge?
The Blues have spent big over the past 10 months since Todd Boehly took over ownership from Roman Abramovich.
Enzo Fernandez, Wesley Fofana, Mykhailo Mudryk, Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling, Benoit Badiashile, Kalidou Koulibaly, Noni Madueke and Malo Gusto have all signed in lucrative moves.
Real Madrid are preparing a shock move to sign Chelsea full-back Reece James as the Blues plot a clean-up, according to AS.
James, 23, is contracted to the Blues until 2028, complicating any deal, but Los Blancos are said to be hoping Chelsea’s need to balance the accounts can work in their favour.
Madrid have previously signed Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard from Chelsea, albeit in different circumstances, with both only having shorter periods left on their contracts.
AS claim Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham remains Real’s priority signing.