Chelsea have sought talks with Real Madrid over the possibility of signing rising star Raphael Varane this summer, as Jose Mourinho looks to improve his squad ahead of next season’s title challenge.
According to reports in the Mirror at the weekend, officials from the Blues have already made enquiries regarding Varane’s future, as Mourinho sees him as the ideal replacement for the departing David Luiz. The 21-year-old has yet again impressed at the Santiago Bernabeu this year, despite facing strong competition for a first-team berth from the likes of Pepe and Sergio Ramos.
Though considered an invaluable talent for the future, Mourinho must believe that there’s some chance the youngster could be lured to west London, and reports claiming that he may farm out Kurt Zouma on loan next season give reason to believe that the Special One is taking his search for another defender seriously.
With John Terry having recently signed a new deal to remain at Stamford Bridge for at least one more year the current line-up would likely favour the continuation of the partnership the ex-England captain has struck up with Gary Cahill. However Mourinho's relationship with Varane, whom he managed during his time in charge of Madrid, is said to be strong, and so Carlo Ancelotti may just have to take the interest emanating from England more seriously than others would advise.