Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is ready to sanction a move for Real Madrid star Raphael Varane after watching his side crumble defensively at home to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.
According to The Independent, who use Mourinho’s post-Champions League match fury as an indication of his possible plans for the future, the France international is top of The Special One’s wish-list when it comes to revamping his back-line, and with Varane’s future at Real not half as assured as the Spanish giants would like, there may be a deal to be made.
Mourinho and Varane
Since his days in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu Mourinho has retained an admiration for Varane. It was he who purchased the youngster from RC Lens thanks to some advice from Zinedine Zidane, and as a result he knows the player almost as well as anyone.
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With that in mind it’s safe to say he deems Varane ready for the rigours of the Premier League, and as he sets about trying to find a long-term option to replace captain John Terry, there are few better he’s going to find. Supremely athletic and already experienced at the highest level, Varane would make a fine addition to any title-contending squad in Europe, whether or not Real will allow him to leave is another matter altogether.
Varane at Real
Despite the fact that Carlo Ancelotti has seen fit to offer preference to the partnership of Pepe and Sergio Ramos this season, a move that may have irked his prodigal backup, Varane remains the darling child of Real’s first-team, and Los Blancos are far more accustomed to buying in potential Galacticos than they are letting them leave.
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Yet Mourinho is perhaps one or two signings away from a truly incredible Chelsea squad. He refined the Blues last summer and they look set to march to Premier League glory, if he can do the same at the end of this season they may well have the talent to become the dominant force in Europe.
At the same time the Portuguese coach is said to be furious at the ineptitude on display at Stamford Bridge during the second-leg of the knockout round against Paris Saint-Germain.
Changes for Chelsea
A usually disciplined and well organised defence crumbled twice when guarding crucial set-pieces, first allowing former player David Luiz to equalise in normal time and then giving Thiago Silva the space to nod home the goal that saw the French champions through. As a result questions are steadily being asked of Chelsea’s back four, and from Mourinho’s point of view a shake-up might not be a bad thing.
Kurt Zouma is already patiently waiting in the wings having impressed when he’s been offered a chance this year, but Terry’s career is coming to an end and Gary Cahill may not be able to step up to being the focal point of the defence.
Varane’s summer arrival would certainly raise significant doubts over his future, and although the La Liga ace is valued at a considerable £40 million, the buck might well be worth the bang.
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