Chelsea have had to scrap plans to complete of one of the biggest transfer heists ever seen as Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has outright rejected their idea of spending £100 million on Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane.
The duo, who both have reasons to feel less than satisfied with life at the Santiago Bernabeu at the moment, have each been linked with moves to the Premier League, and according to the Daily Mirror Jose Mourinho had plans in place to use them to drastically strengthen his Chelsea side.
Despite the fact that the Blues can be crowned champions of England if they win their next two games against Arsenal and Leicester City, Mourinho has never been one to rest on his laurels, and he’s already been laying the groundwork with a stunning summer swoop in mind.
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However Real’s Perez is far better known for buying in world-class talent than letting it walk out the door, and it’s said he’s flatly rejected Mourinho before his blueprint could manifest itself in the form of a solid proposal. £100m or no, the Los Blancos chief doesn’t want to lose either Varane or Bale, even if this season turns out to be Carlo Ancelotti’s last at the helm in the Spanish capital.
Mourinho’s interest in Varane apparently stems from the fact that he envisages the Frenchman playing in the heart of the defence alongside fellow youngster Kurt Zouma moving forward.
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With John Terry nearing the end of his career The Special One is keen to ensure he has a world-class defence when the ex-England international does hang up his boots, and he knows all about Varane from the period when he was in charge of Real.
The talent Bale offers needs no introduction in England of course, where the Welshman enjoyed his emphatic rise to superstardom with Tottenham Hotspur. An attacking unit consisting of him, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Diego Costa is a tantalising prospect indeed, made all the more feasible by his recent treatment in Madrid.
It seems wholly unlikely that Mourinho would sanction a £100m offer as he seeks to comply with Financial Fair Play rules, but if a scenario did unfold where he was able to talk to both men the theory that they would trade Spain for west London is still doubtful at best.
Bale is said to be keen to prove his critics wrong despite a tough season taking stick from the Real faithful, and will become incredibly important in years to come when Cristiano Ronaldo’s gold-dust begins to fade with age.
Meanwhile Varane may have been stuck behind the partnership of Pepe and Sergio Ramos for the past two years, but Real know they have a genuine player of world-class potential, and won’t hesitate to offer him assurances about his future.
Chelsea fans, would you have liked to see Mourinho spend £100m on Bale and Varane? Is it too much? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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