Carlo Ancelotti, the manager of the La Liga club, is thought to be a big fan of the England international and is aiming to lure him to the Bernabeu.
Chelsea, on the other hand, would be extremely hesitant to let James leave, and a “sizeable offer” would be required for the Blues to even consider selling their star. When asked what kind of compensation would entice them to unload the fullback, supporters on X responded in a number of ways:
I might consider 200m
That’d just make me think about it
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— Horpe (@CFCHorpe) November 2, 2023
— JJ (@stur_bbon) November 2, 2023
There’s no price for our captain
— K€£V (@kelvin04558416) November 2, 2023
— E B E R E💧 (@EbereCFC) November 2, 2023
Not for sale at any amount. He’s the heart of the club and our connection to our recent successful pass. Remove Reece James and Chelsea become a lot less special.
— Sarah Zupko (@PopSarah) November 2, 2023
£300m+ is the only acceptable answer
— CFCStocks (@CFCStocks22) November 2, 2023
There’s not enough money in the world
— Larry Kuechlin (@KuechlinLarry) November 2, 2023
Chelsea is confused because of James’ fitness concerns.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino recently declared the 23-year-old to be “one of the best fullbacks in the world,” but his injury record is a major issue.
Despite his exceptional talent, James has spent an abnormal lot of time on the treatment table in recent years. Even after returning from a three-month absence due to a hamstring injury, there are still fears that he would require surgery.
Selling an injury-prone player for a large profit and reinvesting it in the team may be appealing to some of the club’s executives.
It would convey the incorrect impression about Chelsea’s goals.
The biggest reason against selling James is that a club like Chelsea should never consider parting ways with one of its top players.
Furthermore, he is an academy graduate who has advanced to captaincy. James, like John Terry and others before him, should spend his finest years at the club, representing the club and setting examples for his teammates.