Transfer ban or no transfer ban, one area Maurizio Sarri needs to try fine-tune at Chelsea in the summer is right-back.
This season, Cesar Azpilicueta has been on a rapid decline, while Davide Zappacosta has just not cut it at Stamford Bridge.
Bearing that in mind, Sarri would be crazy to overlook Reece James next term after the incredible campaign he has been having in the Championship with Wigan Athletic.
And thankfully, to the relief of Chelsea supporters, it does not look like that is going to be the case.
The Sun reports the Blues have rejected a £10m bid from Brighton for James, with the 19-year-old now being tipped to challenge Azpilicueta for that right-back position, a challenge he could so easily win.
Compared to the 29-year-old, James comes across as a much better fit for the way Sarri wants to play.
Technically, the Wigan loanee is a far superior footballer to Azpilicueta. To put things into perspective, his ability on the ball is so good that Paul Cook has been playing him in midfield.
Considering that ability, James is exactly the sort of player you want at right-back during attacks. Defensively, many will argue that Azpilicueta’s experience and 1v1 defending still makes him No.1, though.
But after a season where he has actually been poor in that area, as well as in attack, now looks the perfect time for him to make way for someone like James.
Therefore, insulting £10m bids like the one Brighton have reportedly made, must continue to be rejected.
James, an incredibly gifted footballer, is Chelsea’s present and future.
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