Manchester City have entered the race to sign Chelsea right-back Reece James, according to reports.
The 21-year-old has impressed since making his first-team debut for Chelsea in 2019 and has been a key figure in the side since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival in January.
James delivered another excellent display in Chelsea’s victory over Manchester City in the Champions League final last month.
And according to The Athletic, City are now interested in signing James this summer.
The report claims that Pep Guardiola is ‘a huge admirer’ of James and has been impressed with the defender’s performances against City last season.
Guardiola is also aware of James’ versatility as he is capable of playing as a centre-back, as well as in central midfield.
Chelsea, however, are intent on keeping James at Stamford Bridge and the player still has four years remaining on his current deal.
Speaking about his development under Tuchel, James said earlier this month: ‘When a new manager comes in and you’re not in the team straight away you have to accept the decision.
‘You have to work hard, try and prove to the manager that you should be playing.
‘These moments come around quite often in football, things happen so fast and I didn’t really get advice off anyone, I just went into training, carried on working hard and when I got my opportunity I knew I had to take it.
‘At the start of the season we had Frank Lampard and I was very lucky to play the majority of the games under him but when our new manager came in our style of play and formation changed. It was a big learning curve.’
City, meanwhile, are also looking to bolster Guardiola’s squad with the signings of Harry Kane and Jack Grealish.
The Premier League champions are expected to submit a bid for Grealish after England’s Euro 2020 campaign and are willing to break the British transfer record, which is the £89m that Manchester United spent on Paul Pogba in 2016.