In a summer dominated by the club’s prospective transfer ban, Chelsea are likely to lean heavily on their academy for the upcoming season.
The Blues saw both Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi impress in the limited opportunities they were given towards the closing stages of last season under former manager Maurizio Sarri.
One man who will hope for similar chances is Reece James, who impressed whilst on loan at Championship side Wigan.
However, according to The Sun, the young right-back is being lined up by Crystal Palace as a potential replacement for their recently-departed star Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and they are willing to take James either on loan or permanently.
After hearing the news their London rivals could be interested in a deal for the 19-year-old, Chelsea fans took to Twitter to voice their opinion on the matter and many were totally dismissive of the rumours.
Blues supporters felt it was highly unlikely that the club would be willing to let go of one of their prized assets and instead suggested that James was likely to be one of the west London side’s key figures next season.
Check out some of the reaction of Chelsea fans below:
Hands off! Develop your own, he is one of us!
— Daniel Brüll (@danabrull) July 7, 2019
Stay in your lane Palace #levels
— ChelseaT&T (@Cfc1905T) July 7, 2019
— Malginho (@iamikmal) July 7, 2019
With the transfer ban not lifted, Reece ain’t going nowhere.
— Musa Daniel (@Yalsmusa) July 7, 2019
We’re not selling
— Oluwasina Kolade (@OluwasinaKolade) July 7, 2019
This is a nailed on Chelsea starter next season, who I’m sure could be on everyone’s wish list
— jesterbrook (@thealmightyquin) July 7, 2019
Keep dreaming @CPFC
— Hussain Tanvir (@hulk10tan) July 7, 2019
They must be dreaming#jokers
— Batsaadolly99 (@BatsaaG) July 7, 2019
— #VIVA (@techyes32) July 7, 2019