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Real Madrid Open To Paying €70m For This Chelsea Defender: Right Choice For Ancelotti?

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In a recent tweet, renowned journalist Ekrem Konur mentioned that Real Madrid are open to paying €70m for Chelsea defender Reece James. It is understood that Los Blancos are eyeing a move for the English right-back during this summer transfer window.

James’ Excellent Form At Stamford Bridge This Season

James is experiencing a solid campaign in the English capital after producing a run of eye-catching displays on the right side of Thomas Tuchel’s defence. The England international has found the back of the net on six occasions and secured seven assists in 31 matches for the Blues this season in all competitions.

The 22-year-old has given a good account of himself on the right flank based on his average of 1.2 tackles, 0.6 interceptions, 0.6 clearances, 1.3 shots, 1.7 key passes and 1.1 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been excellent with his ball distribution after making 88.2% of his attempted passes in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

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Chelsea’s English defender Reece James (L) vies with Real Madrid’s Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg football match between Real Madrid CF and Chelsea FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on April 12, 2022. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP) (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)
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Is James A Good Choice For Real Madrid?

James has transformed himself into a decent defender at the back. More importantly, he has been a joy to watch going forward as he has got the pace to cause a lot of problems for the opposition defenders.

The ten-time England international is a great crosser of the ball as well and can create some inviting chances for others around him. Plus, he can shoot the ball with power and accuracy from long range.

Therefore, James will be a brilliant choice for Los Blancos to pursue in the summer. At 22, the future is quite bright for the Chelsea youngster as long as he continues to take strides towards improving himself in the coming seasons.

James will enhance the quality of Carlo Ancelotti‘s first XI. Plus, he is good enough to offer some serious competition for the likes of Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Thus, the Madrid giants would be wise to move in for James ahead of the new campaign.

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