Chelsea face losing key right-back to Premier League rivals

According to The Sun, Brighton and Hove Albion have been linked with Chelsea youngster Reece James.

The Seagulls want to sign the defender on loan next season as new manager Graham Potter wants to offer him Premier League experience.

Graham Potter will know all about Reece James’s capabilities as the former Swansea City boss came up against him during his impressive loan spell at Wigan Athletic.

The versatile defender moved to Wigan on a season-long loan deal and made 44 Championship appearances for them.

The Englishman predominantly featured at right-back, although he also has experience as a holding midfielder.

Graham Potter this past week became Brighton’s new head coach following the dismissal of Chris Hughton.

Brighton will be in the market for a new right-back this transfer window as popular figure Bruno announced his retirement at the end of the campaign with the Spaniard set to move into coaching.

Reece James is said to be highly-rated at the Bridge and has three years left on his deal, and the report adds that Liverpool and Manchester United are tracking his signature, but the Blues see the 19-year-old as a long-term option.

Reece James has been capped at England U20 level as he continues to show great promise after a superb campaign at Championship with Wigan, he now seems ready for a crack at the top-flight.

If the teenager decides to stay at Chelsea, it will be very hard for him to get the first-team action under any manager.