How Reece James saved Chelsea £43million

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Chelsea are well-manned in the right-back position for the foreseeable future as the Blues have Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James in that position.

Azpilicueta has manned that position consistently for years now, but the Spaniard will now have to contend with James who has shown that he has the talent to become one of the best right-backs in the world.

Interestingly, while the more experienced Azpilicueta is 30, James is only 19 as the present and the future of Chelsea right-back go head to head.

However, it could so easily have been another story if Napoli and Chelsea had done business together just over a year ago.

Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was keen on signing Elseid Hysaj during the summer of 2018, but Napoli shrewd owner Aurelio Di Laurentiis refused the 25-year-old from making the move.

Hysaj’s unhappy agent, Mario Giuffredi, has revealed Chelsea’s offer for the right-back.

“Whatever happens with him, the outcome will be great,” Hysaj’s agent told Radio Punto Nuovo.

“If we leave, we’ll do what we had to do in the summer. If we don’t leave, Napoli will lose the player on a free transfer, but it’ll always work out for us.

“A year-and-a-half ago, Napoli could’ve taken €50m from Chelsea. If Hysaj stays at Napoli (after January), the Neapolitan club risks losing the player for nothing (in the summer).”

While Hysaj would have seemed like a good signing a year ago, the Blues are fortunate that the deal didn’t go through, as academy product Reece James has been like a new signing at no cost.

Moreover, while James’ stock seems to go up at Chelsea, Hysaj’s stock is going down at Napoli and the 25-year-old has battled a few injuries during this period and has been restricted to just 4 appearances this season.

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