Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will make another attempt to sign highly-rated Real Madrid defender, and Manchester United target, Raphael Varane, this summer, having come close to landing the player during the January transfer window.
A rumour in the Daily Express this morning details how Mourinho’s Blues were on the verge of striking a deal for the France international in the last few days of last month, but were put off by Real’s hefty demands.
The summer move
Yet it’s said that they will return to the charge at the next available opportunity, with a £35 million bid ready to test Los Blancos’ resolve when it comes to keeping one of their brightest young prospects.
Having worked with Varane whilst in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu Mourinho knows exactly what the 21-year-old is capable of, and holds him in very high esteem. With John Terry steadily heading towards retirement The Special One is now on the look out for a long-term replacement for the legendary skipper, and with Gary Cahill having faltered at times this season perhaps that replacement is better served coming from elsewhere.
Since Kurt Zouma is already developing into a first-team fixture an ideal world would see a partner come in who can complement his talents. Seen as though Varane will likely one day feature alongside the 20-year-old in the heart of the France national team it could benefit both the duo and Chelsea that they line-up together at club level too.
Another matter to consider is of course the feasibility, with Real having long considered Varane to be the future of their back-line. However, the ex-RC Lens man wants regular first-team football, and it’s fair to assume that he’s unhappy with having to wait behind Sergio Ramos and Pepe in the pecking order.
The move could happen
Neither man looks like stepping down anytime soon, and with Carlo Ancelotti having thus far preferred their experience to Varane’s raw ability the Italian could have a big decision to make in the near future if he wants to keep hold of the latter.
Indeed it’s a scenario that certainly makes Varane’s move possible. £35 million isn’t a large enough fee to have Chelsea overly worried about their compliance with Financial Fair Play rules, and with Mourinho’s relationship with the starlet a healthy one, he could be persuaded to leave the dazzling lights of the Bernabeu in favour of a Stamford Bridge that promises more opportunities.