Real Madrid is reportedly eyeing up four Chelsea players to pursue in this summer’s transfer window.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has identified Reece James, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Mateo Kovacic as ideal targets.
While Chelsea is not expected to entertain bids for James, the midfield trio of Mount, Loftus-Cheek, and Kovacic are all facing uncertain futures, as each player’s contract expires in 2024.
Real Madrid supposedly views Loftus-Cheek as an ideal rotational option for the 2023-24 season.
Meanwhile, Chelsea is not believed to have entered talks over a new contract for Kovacic, who spent four years at Real Madrid between 2015 and 2019 before departing for Stamford Bridge.
Finally, Chelsea moved quickly to tie James down to a new long-term deal until 2028 earlier this season, and the 23-year-old is seen as an indispensable member of their squad.
Regardless of whether Chelsea can qualify for continental competition for the 2023-24 season, a mass exodus of players from Lampard’s inflated squad is likely to take place.
Real Madrid is no stranger to poaching players from Chelsea, having prised Thibaut Courtois and Antonio Rudiger away from the English capital last year.
This article was updated 1 month ago