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Raphael Varane wants Real Madrid talks ahead of £25m Chelsea bid

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Jose Mourinho's hopes of luring Raphael Varane to Stamford bridge have been boosted by the news that the Real Madrid defender is considering quitting the club this summer. (Metro)

The 21-year-old France international is regarded as one of the brightest young centre-backs in all of Europe, and the Blues are weighing up a £25m bid to bring him to the Premier League.

Mourinho worked with Varane during his time in charge at the Bernabeu, but since the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti the player has seen his first-team action limited.

The Chelsea target is planning to hold showdown talks with Ancelotti to determine where he fits into Real Madrid's future plans - and failure to be given the right sort of assurances could prompt a summer window exit.

Chelsea's central defensive options have already been boosted by the arrival of Kurt Zouma, but after David Luiz's big-money move to PSG, Mourinho could press ahead with plans to sign Varane as well.

Chelsea transfer gossip:

Filipe Luis has revealed he did not consider leaving Atletico Madrid this summer until he was made aware of Chelsea's interest. (London Evening Standard)

The 28-year-old Brazilian moved a step closer to securing a move to Stamford Bridge when all parties agreed to a deal believed to be worth around £16 million.

Luis, who is expected to seal a move in the coming days once personal terms have been agreed, admits a move to the Premier League was too good to turn down.

Jose Mourinho is considering a move for Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani as the Chelsea manager looks to further strengthen his forward line. (Daily Star)

The 27-year-old only joined Paris Saint-Germain from Napoli in a £55 million deal last summer, but has reportedly instructed his agent to investigate a potential move to the Premier League.

Chelsea face fresh competition from AC Milan for the signature of Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, who has been made available for transfer away from Camp Nou for a cut-price £10 million. (Daily Star)

New Barca boss Luis Enrique has told the Cameroon international he does not feature in his first-team plans, so a return to the Premier League looks increasingly likely this summer with Manchester United and Arsenal also reportedly interested.

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