Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is ready to wait until the summer transfer window before making an effort to sign Real Madrid star Raphael Varane, according to the Evening Standard.
The young Frenchman worked under Mourinho during the latter’s time in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu, and it’s widely known that The Special One holds him in high regard. Having initially been brought in as a potential backup to the duo of Sergio Ramos and Pepe he’s shown exemplary development, and is now knocking on the door for a first-team place in Carlo Ancelotti’s starting XI.
Varane at Real
Such a rise to prominence has left Real determined to keep him for the future, but reports surfacing as recently as last month claimed that he was becoming restless with the fact that he remains lodged as a second option rather than a regular first-team starter.
It’s likely in time he’ll graduate to take Pepe’s place, but until he does so Mourinho is ready to try his hand at promising him pride of place in his new Chelsea squad.
The Blues manager is said to be looking to build for the future, and with John Terry sitting in his twilight years as a player the defence is an area to scrutinise. The usually-solid Gary Cahill has been alarmingly shaky of late - something the Standard claim could factor into Mourinho’s decision to move for Varane - whilst Kurt Zouma is some way off the finished product.
In Varane Mourinho would have an established talent with plenty of years to give, and pairing the Real starlet with his compatriot Zouma, who only arrived last year from Saint Etienne, is likely to be the objective moving forward.
That being said it will take plenty of Roman Abramovich’s millions to convince Los Blancos to sell a player they perceive to be one of the most gifted talents in European football, and a scenario wherein Pepe leaves and Varane assumes his place in the starting XI is far more likely.
In fact only yesterday did rumours emerge suggesting that Manchester City were keeping their eyes on the Portuguese hot-head, whilst a host of Premier League clubs have been linked with Sergio Ramos, who has yet to sign a contract extension at Real.