Chelsea has offered to trade Reece James to Real Madrid in exchange for Federico Valverde, according to Defensa Central.
James is a highly rated right-back who has been linked with a move to Madrid for several months. The 23-year-old is a versatile player who can also play as a wing-back or midfielder. He is under contract with Chelsea until 2028, so the Blues would likely demand a high price for him.
Valverde is a versatile midfielder who can play as a central midfielder, defensive midfielder, or right-back. The 23-year-old is a key player for Madrid and is under contract until 2027.
It is unclear if Madrid would be interested in a straight swap deal for James and Valverde. The Spanish club is also interested in other right-back options, such as Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich.
Other options for Madrid
Madrid has several other options for the right-back position. The club has been linked with a move for Noussair Mazraoui of Ajax, who is available on a free transfer in the summer. Madrid has also been linked with a move for Diogo Dalot of Manchester United.
Madrid is also considering the possibility of renewing Lucas Vázquez’s contract. The 30-year-old Vázquez has been a reliable option for Madrid at right-back in recent seasons.