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It seems every club in Europe is interested in signing a Chelsea youngster. German champions Bayern Munich submitted four bids for Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi in January, with Chelsea rejecting all four bids from the German club.
Another Chelsea youngster is now attracting interest but this time from a Premier League team.
According to The Sun, Premier League side Brighton have submitted a £10million bid for young Chelsea right-back Reece James. The report claims Chelsea quickly rejected the bid from the Premier League side.
The England U20 right-back has impressed on loan at Championship side Wigan, featuring in all of their league games this season. He was voted into the Championship Team of the Season due to his form for Wigan.
The 19-year-old right-back has been tipped to become part of Chelsea’s first-team squad next season to provide support to first-choice right-back Cesar Azpilicueta following his impressive loan spell at Wigan.
Davide Zappacosta is expected to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season after failing to impress since joining from Torino in 2017 and Reece is expected to take his place in the team.
James has also reportedly caught the attention of Crystal Palace who could be in the market for a right-back in the summer with Aaron Wan-Bissaka having been linked to top-six clubs including Manchester United and Spurs.
Wigan boss Paul Cook has been impressed with the performance of the 19-year-old.
“I’m sure he will go on to have an outstanding football career, and we’re very lucky to have had him for this period to allow him to grow,” Cook said of Reece.
Reece has admitted he is hoping to get a chance to play for Chelsea.
“It’s a great feeling to play week in, week out in a good league and to play on the international stage as well,” Reece told Wigan Today early this month.
“My ambition is to play for Chelsea, and every day I work hard to get there.
“I was a fan as a kid…my heroes growing up were (Frank) Lampard, (John) Terry and (Didier) Drogba. Sooner or later, hopefully I get chance.”