Chelsea have agreed a £40million deal with Paris Saint-Germain for defender David Luiz and have already lined up a possible replacement in one of Jose Mourinho's former charges at Real Madrid.
According to The Guardian, young defender Raphael Varane is being lined up by the Stamford Bridge club as they move to fill the hole left by the departure of the Brazilian. It was Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho who gave the France international at the Santiago Bernabeu and sees him as the ideal addition this summer.
At only 21 years old, Varane would represent a more inexpensive option than Luiz in terms of wages and there is a greater scope for sell-on value than the Brazil international. Luiz has never been a first choice centre-back under Mourinho since the Portuguese returned to Chelsea and there was little surprise at the prospect of him moving away, though the price tag did.
Luiz was originally signed by Chelsea in a £23million deal from Benfica in 2011 and became something of a cult favourite among Blues fans for his outgoing nature. However, his defending at times has left a lot to be desired, despite him being one of the most comfortable defenders on the ball in the Premier League.
With Luiz still only 27 years old, Chelsea took the opportunity to cash in a on a player that is highly-rated around Europe but was never going to be part of Mourinho's long-term plans. Varane would represent a move for the future as he has shown some very impressive form at such a young age and is a viable ling-term option to eventually replace Blues skipper John Terry, who is nearing the end of his career.