Reece James names the Chelsea target as ‘hardest player’ to play against amid transfer discussions
Reece James has been noting a modest bunch of allies’ inquiries on Twitter and the Chelsea defender has referenced one of the Blues’ essential January move targets
Reece James has named Chelsea target Rafael Leao as one of the three hardest players he has at any point played against. The 22-year-old defender clashed with the air conditioner Milan star prior this season when the Blues met the Italian goliaths in the Heroes League bunch stages.
The west Londoners won 3-0 at Stamford bridge and 2-0 in the converse apparatus at the San Siro. In every one of the conflicts, James smothered the Portugal international and this brought up issues concerning whether the forward is adequate to join Chelsea amid interest in his administrations.
Talking on BT Game in October, Joe Cole cast uncertainty regarding whether Leao marks the crates that a player of his asking cost ought to satisfy. The former Chelsea midfielder said: “Do you have any idea about what? For the entirety of his ability and everything this evening, there will be scouts here, and there will be question marks on his disposition.
“He went like a large portion of his teammates this evening. He went a piece limp against James. He didn’t get everything he could want. Initial 20 minutes, he was adoring life, chest out, he was running at players.
“Reece James put it on him a piece, and we watched his non-verbal communication,” added Cole, before reminding potential admirers that there is still time for Leao to lift his game. “Assuming you will burn through £100million or anything his sticker price will be, you must tick the containers in general. There’s still some time left, and he is invigorating.”
Leao, who is said to have a €150million (£130.5million) discharge proviso in his agreement, was vigorously connected with a transition to Stamford Extension in the late spring yet a move neglected to emerge. As per Transfersdotcom columnist Carlo Garganese, the Blues are ‘in contact’ with the Portuguese star over a likely change to west London and they’re supposed to be one of the leaders.
Be that as it may, as Leao keeps on dazzling at the World Cup in Qatar, Chelsea face growing rivalry in the race for his mark. He highlighted off the seat in Portugal’s competition opener against Ghana, denoting his presentation with a very much required work to give Fernando Santos’ side a two-goal lead.
His amazing showcases in Qatar have demonstrated why James named him as one of the three hardest players he’s consistently played against. In the Chelsea defender’s Twitter question and answer he put Leao in a similar section as Vinicius Jr and Sadio Mane.
James tweeted: “[Three] hardest players I’ve at any point played against are left wingers! Vinicius Jr, Leao and Mane!”