Real Madrid youngster Raphael Varane has quickly established himself as one of the leading young centre-backs in world football.
The French star, despite having only played in 29 La Liga matches in the past two season, has enjoyed a rapid rise up the footballing ladder, which ultimately landing him a starring role for the French national side at this summer's World Cup.
And, despite the French crashing out in the quarter-final stage of the competition, the youngster didn't let anyone down, as the national side managed to keep three clean sheets in their five outings in Brazil.
Now, at 21-years-old, the highly rated defender will be targeting a regular starting spot in Madrid, as he looks to develop into one of the world's best defenders. However, Varane has a sight problem: Sergio Ramos and Pepe.
Despite both of Madrid's centre-halfs proving to be liabilities at times, they played key roles in the club's Champions League winning campaign, and won't be dislodged with ease.
So, then, it's not surprising that two of the Premier League's elite clubs have been credited with interest in the player's signature. Both Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly ready to bring him to England, as both teams target long term success.
And Varane would prove a major coup for either side. New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has already started the Old Trafford revolution, having purchased teenage full-back Luke Shaw from Southampton and Spanish star Ander Herrera from Atheltic Bilbao.
The duo, at 19 and 24-years of age, will help the club build for the long term objectives, while also making an immediate impact at the Theatre of Dreams. Varane is very much in the same mould of the duo, and could help United build for the long term.
However, Varane's signature, just like Shaw's and Herrera's could prove crucial for the 2014/15 campaign. United are in desperate need of adding to their back-line ahead of the new season after the departures of experienced duo Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
With Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones currently the main first team centre-back at the club, the days of having Ferdinand and Vidic in their prime seem long gone. However, with Varane on board, United would certainly have the potential players to build a similar partnership to one that was extremely consistent for such a long period.
Despite his struggles over the last 12-18 months, many United fans still see Jones as a key player for the future. And, alongside Varane, he could develop into one of the best defenders in the world, so Van Gaal must try and pull off this deal.
However, expect fireworks if Varane ends up at Manchester United. Mourinho has long been an admirer of the Frenchman - and was of course the manager who gave the starlet a chance at the big-time at the Bernabeu.
Chelsea may well have been credited with interest in the star, but could the Blues offer him first-team football at Stamford Bridge next term? With John Terry and Gary Cahill at the Bridge, Varane may find himself in a similar position to the one he already finds himself in.
Van Gaal, on the other hand, could make him United's No.1 centre-half with immediate effect...and this is something that won't please Mourinho.
Does Mourinho really stand a chance of signing him if he's desperate to find first-team football? Of course, there's a lack of Champions League football to contend with at Old Trafford, but Van Gaal has a proven track record of developing youngsters and may well be the man to take the youngster to the next level.
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