Chelsea look set to target Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin if they fail to land Raphael Varane from Real Madrid this summer, according to the Mirror.
The report claims that Blues boss Jose Mourinho has made Varane his priority target in the upcoming transfer window, however it's far from certain as to whether the Stamford Bridge outfit will be able to agree a deal with Real for his services.
In fact, the same report suggests that Real will attempt to resist any offers for the talented French youngster, but it remains to be seen as to whether the player will attempt to be reunited with the Blues chief.
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Champions League showdown
Varane, of course, starred in the Champions League quarter-final last night as Real drew with Atletico, while Godin also played a key role on the night.
Godin, then, could be the man Chelsea turn to if they fail to lure Varane to the Bridge. There's no doubt about it, the Atletico man, who is 29-years-old, would add a great deal of experience to the Blues' defence as they go in search of claiming Champions League silverware next term.
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It won't be easy for Mourinho and Co. to sign the player, however, with the same report from the Mirror claiming that Manchester United are also an admirer of the Atletico star, who has a release clause of £28.5 milllion.
The Red Devils, under Dutchman Louis van Gaal, look set to splash the cash once again in the summer transfer window, and Godin would only improve them ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.
Right to target Varane
You can hardly blame Mourinho for attempting to sign Varane. At just 21-years-old, the French international will only go from strength-to-strength in the coming years.
In fact, with Kurt Zouma already starring in west London, the Blues' future would look extremely bright if they managed to land Varane.
In truth, Varane would be hoping to hold down a position at the Bridge immediately, and there's no reason why he wouldn't be able to overtake Gary Cahill in the pecking order at the club. And with John Terry approaching his final years in the game, Mourinho will no doubt be on the lookout for a long term replacement. Perhaps Varane is that man.
Godin, of course, would represent a different signing, but would also improve Mourinho's options at the Bridge. While Varane would be an ideal long term signing, Godin would no doubt enhance Chelsea's chances of claiming Europe's elite prize next season. It certainly looks set to be a busy summer at Chelsea.
Chelsea fans: Would you rather Varane or Godin? Have your say in the comments section below!
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