Report: Crystal Palace willing to pay £10m for Chelsea's Reece James

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on January 20, 2018 in London, England.

Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion both reportedly want Chelsea defender Reece James.

Reece James of Wigan Athletic during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Bristol City at DW Stadium on September 21, 2018 in Wigan, England.

Crystal Palace are willing to pay £10 million to sign the promising Chelsea defender Reece James this summer, according to the Sun (10 March, page 61).

The 19-year-old right-back has established himself as one of English football’s most exciting defenders this season, starring on loan at Wigan Athletic and earning rave reviews in the Championship.

 

As a result, Chelsea face a challenge holding onto James over the coming months. It is claimed that Crystal Palace are interested in signing the teenager but face competition from bitter rivals Brighton and Hove Albion, who won 2-1 at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

The Sun adds that the Eagles are considering a £10 million bid for James. The England U20 international could potentially have been identified as a replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the homegrown rising star who has caught the eye of some of the biggest clubs both in England and abroad.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park on August 20, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

The report claims that Chelsea don’t want to lose one of their brightest prospects and are planning to send James on loan to one of Europe’s top clubs to help him hone his trade.

But, like fellow youngsters Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi, it seems his future is up in the air.

Joe Allen of Stoke City is tracked by Reece James of Wigan during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Stoke City at DW Stadium on February 13, 2019 in Wigan, England.

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