Chelsea ‘make approach’ for transfer target who has £630million release clause

Chelsea are reportedly considering a swoop for Real Madrid starlet Vinicius Junior after having an initial approach rejected by Zinedine Zidane’s side in November. The 20-year-old has struggled for regular minutes at the Bernabeu and has grown increasingly frustrated at the lack of opportunities.

Chelsea are in the market for a new attacker as Pedro and Willian will leave when their contracts expire at the end of the season.

Bayer Leverkusen’s versatile midfielder Kai Havertz has been placed as the Blues’ top priority target.

But Spanish publication AS claim Lampard is also keen on signing Vinicius.

The Brazilian joined Real from Flamengo in 2018 and has five years remaining on his current contract.

A gigantic £630million release clause was included in the contract but Zidane would consider letting him leave for the right fee.

Vinicius has only scored eight goals in 69 appearances and has often found himself cast aside like Gareth Bale.

He was frustrated at not being used in the Champions League defeat against Manchester City and did not even attempt to warm up on the sidelines.

Zidane quizzed on why he excluded the creative forward when his side were desperately chasing a goal.

“Others have played, but on these occasions, when a team loses, you can look for things,” the Frenchman said.

“Vinicius could enter, other players too. I am the coach and when I made the changes today there were others. Nothing more.”

Real fans were furious that their highly-rated youngster was not given the chance to change the game.

“Everyone can give their opinion from outside, it’s normal, but then I’m the coach,” Zidane responded.

“Yes, you could change before, change to another player, but that’s not going to change things.

“Today the changes have been those, I don’t know he has been able and there is no need to look for excuses for anything.”

Meanwhile, AS adds that Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain have also registered an interest in the winger but have not followed it up with any approach.

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