Chelsea loanee Reece James has emerged as a potential loan target for new Brighton manager Graham Potter, according to The Sun.
Potter has recently taken charge of the Seagulls and is looking to ready his squad for another crack at avoiding the drop next term. James has subsequently been shortlisted.
The Sun’s report also mentions interest from Manchester United, although it’s highly unlikely that Chelsea would be prepared to do business with a direct rival.
Decision to be made
Maurizio Sarri needs to decide during our pre-season tour of Japan whether he sees James as a genuine contender for first-team minutes next season.
He’s certainly good enough, as he has proven at Wigan this season, but Sarri took some time to recognise the worth of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
If James is set to return to only play a bit-part role in the Chelsea side, there would be little logic in bringing him back at all. A Premier League loan could be the right move.
It would be a shame to see a player with the quality he possesses be shunned by Chelsea, though, who are (finally) beginning to integrate academy players into the first-team squad.