CHELSEA are reportedly yet to enter into contract negotiations with Reece James.
The Blues’ reluctance to increase their native right-back’s salaries has put Real Madrid and Manchester City on high alert.
James, 22, is said to be earning around £70,000 a week at Stamford Bridge.
The homegrown hero has three years left on his contract although Chelsea have so far not felt the need to increase his salary to reflect his importance in their squad.
According to the Mail, James’ contract situation has caught the attention of potential suitors Madrid and City.
Both clubs see the English star as a long-term goal.
James has been playing for the Blues since he joined their academy at the age of six.
It is claimed that Chelsea bosses believe his emotional bond with the club negates the need to increase his salary for the time being.
But they could risk making James feel undervalued.
City would love to see James succeed Kyle Walker as their first-choice right-back.
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While Madrid are monitoring the full-back’s situation ‘very closely’.
Chelsea hold a long-term stake of their own in Paris Saint-Germain star Achraf Hakimi.
Their passion for another right-back gives Madrid and City hope that James will become available.
Prior to Roman Abramovich’s departure, Chelsea had done nothing to keep James in the long-term.
Todd Boehly’s new regime may eventually change its mind about James and choose to offer him a new contract.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5531190/real-madrid-man-city-reece-james-chelsea-contract/ Real Madrid and Man City on alert as Chelsea are yet to make new contract offer to Reece James