Chelsea are ‘eyeing a summer swoop for Real Madrid’s £10m-rated starlet Rafa Marin but face competition from Juventus and RB Leipzig’ – with defender in final 18 months of his deal
Chelsea are considering a move for Real Madrid defender Rafa Marin, as Graham Potter’s ongoing squad rebuild at Stamford Bridge looks set to continue.
The Blues are eyeing the Spanish 20-year-old as they search for a more affordable option with Potter and Todd Boehly looking to strengthen the team with an eye to compete at the highest level in the future.
The former Brighton boss had a rough start to life in west London and has endured a poor run of form, with many booing his side and calling them ‘rubbish’, and the 47-year-old has already held crisis talks with members of the dressing room.
Rael Madrid starlet Rafa Marin (centre-rear) has emerged as a cut-price option for Chelsea
The Madrid youngster is yet to feature for the senior team in a competitive game, but the powerful young defender has already turned heads across the continent.
Marin is still yet to make his professional debut at the Spanish giants
With just 18 months left on his current contract at the Santiago Bernabeu Marin could also be available for a cut-price fee this summer, with Juventus and RB Leipzig thought to be monitoring the situation, as per the Telegraph.
And at a reported £5-10million, he would represent a much more economical alternative to many of the names that Potter’s Blues have been linked with of late.
Moreover, the arrival of another youngster would also comply with Potter’s ethos of bringing in young players that will remain at the club for a considerable period, where he can monitor their development closely.
If Los Blancos are unable to tie the defender down to longer deal, they are thought to be more open to cashing in this summer, rather than risking him leave for free when his deal expires in summer 2024.
As such a move for the player, who Chelsea are thought to have scouted extensively, is therefore unlikely but not impossible to materialise – especially with Boehly reportedly keen to establish a Red Bull-style multi-club system full of younger stars.
And owner Boehly has spoken at length about the importance of signing young players, and outlined his intentions for their development.
The powerful 20-year-old is thought to have impressed several European clubs with his displays
‘The challenge Chelsea has, when you have 18, 19, 20-year-old stars, you can loan them out to clubs but you hand their development to someone else,’ he said in 2022.
‘Our goal is to ensure we show pathways for our young stars to get on to the Chelsea pitch — while getting them real game time.
‘The way to do that is through another club in a really competitive league in Europe.’
Todd Boehly has spoken of his intention to keep young players at Chelsea to oversee their development
The club has already snapped up the likes of Andrey Santos, 18, David Datro Fofana, 20, Benoit Badiashile, 21, and Christopher Nkunku, 25, this window, with the latter arriving in the summer.
They are still in the market for a right back amid Reece James’ injury struggles, while World Cup star Marcus Thuram remains a target.
Moises Caicedo has emerged as a possible midfield option after a failed pursuit of Enzo Fernandez, although there are believed to be other midfielders on the Blues’ list.