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Chelsea turn down £25m transfer offer for Blues star, club desperate to keep ace ahead of new season

Chelsea has reportedly rejected a £25 million bid from Crystal Palace for full-back Reece James, that comes amid new manager Frank Lampard guaranteeing him more game time for the season ahead.

A report from the Daily Star last month expressed that the Eagles had made a £20 million bid for the right-back, one that was rejected by Chelsea.

And now, in line with the independent, Roy Hodgson’s side have made an improved bid of £25 million for James, with Lampard’s side also turning that down as well.

James
James

The report also states that Chelsea has also snubbed offers from Brighton, Bournemouth and Newcastle United for James, with the club reportedly desperate to keep the youngster ahead of the new season.

The Blues need the 19-year-old right-back to sign a new contract with the club, but he’s yet to do so, as per the independent.

Last season, James had a fine loan spell with Championship side Wigan Athletic, as he made forty-six appearances across all competitions, scoring three goals and providing three assists.

Following the expiration of this loan spell, the teenager has come back to Chelsea however has been unable to play in any pre-season matches because of an injury sustained earlier this summer.

It looks extremely unlikely that Chelsea will sell or loan James at this moment providing they only have two right-backs in their squad in the type of Cesar Azpilicueta and Davide Zappacosta.

Given his performances for Wigan last season, there’s an honest chance that Lampard will provide James with a decent amount of game time this season once he’s back to full fitness, something we’re certain the player himself will be over the moon with.



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