Todd Boehly set to splash cash on ‘highest earning Chelsea defender’

The new Chelsea owners have indeed backed Thomas Tuchel in the summer transfer window.

Chelsea were the biggest spenders, as the Blues spent around £270m on signings.

With the transfer window now closed, Todd Boehly has turned his attention to key players contract.

According to reports, Chelsea are set to make Reece James the highest earning defender in the club’s history.

The 22-year-old will become one of the highest-paid players in the Chelsea squad, and his contract will be larger than what legendary defenders like John Terry and Ashley Cole earned at Stamford Bridge.

The deal is not yet signed, but is expected to be in the coming days, according to The Athletic.

It will be an enormous pay rise for the England international who is currently among the lowest earners at Chelsea. Reports have it that the deal is a 7-year contract.

James earns a modest wage of £58k per week – since signing his current contract in January 2020, only shortly after breaking into the first team.

The England international has become a key player for Chelsea over the past 3 seasons, and is being targeted by Real Madrid.

This deal will keep off potential suitors, as Todd Boehly is trying to ensure the club’s brightest young players are kept.

Already, Armando Broja has committed his future by signing a new 6-year contract, and Harvey Vale who was close to the end of his contract has also signed a new long-term contract.