Todd Boehly set to sever Chelsea contract deal as Thomas Tuchel faces £77m transfer swipe

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Thomas Tuchel has been dealt a blow ahead of the next transfer window, with Reece James yet to receive a new contract at Chelsea. The 22-year-old, who sees his current deal at Stamford Bridge expire in 2025, has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid since the European titans faced off in the Champions League quarter-finals two months ago.

According to Mirror, Carlo Ancelotti has put the defender at the top of his summer shopping list. Los Blancos have reportedly been impressed with James, having watched him nine times this season.

Real Madrid’s interest in the right-back follows growing uncertainty in their defence, with Lucas Vazquez – a striker – often having to replace an aging Dani Carvajal. The report concludes by pointing out that Ancelotti’s entourage, made up of scouts and technical staff, sees James as the next piece of Real Madrid’s puzzle.

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So, in a bid to ward off interest from potential suitors, Chelsea’s new owners are believed to have made it their priority to resolve his future with a new deal. However, according to the MailOnlineno approach has been made to extend James’ contract despite growing fears the defender feels undervalued.

The report also credited Manchester City with an interest in James. Although, regardless of two financial powerhouses surrounding Chelsea’s situation, Steve McManaman believes it will be “almost impossible” to lure James away from Stamford Bridge.

In his column for Horseracing.netthe former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder said: “Reece James would be an ideal long-term replacement for Dani Carvajal because he is brilliant. Getting him away from Chelsea, however, will be next to impossible.

“But absolutely, he’s a superstar player and he kept Vinicius Jr quiet when they faced each other in the Champions League. He’s a lovely player but I don’t see him leaving Chelsea anytime soon.”

James has played 39 times for Chelsea this season, directly contributing to 16 goals in all competitions. The defender valued at £76.5million, valued by CIES Football Observatoryhas often operated at right-back, although he is often replaced on the right of Tuchel’s third-back and can also be deployed in central midfield if needed.

The Cobham graduate has become a fixture in the Blues’ starting XI and has been central to much of the west London side’s success since first breaking through under Frank Lampard in 2019.

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