It's hard to believe Raphael Varane is still only 22 years of age.
A player who seems to have been around forever at the heart of the Real Madrid backline, the young Frenchman's presence this season has been a major factor in why Los Blancos have conceded so few goals.
Vital also to his country, who made him their youngest ever captain recently, Varane is one of the standout youngsters in world football and is coveted by many of Europe's top clubs.
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And none more so than at Chelsea, who were preparing a huge bid for the centre-back over the summer.
In hindsight, Roman Abramovich should've dug deep and broken the bank to land a player who has admitted he sees his future away from the Santiago Bernabeu.
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Rafael Benitez won't appreciate the attention of the west Londoners, but money has always talked in football and if the Blues can meet the player's buyout clause there is little the club or manager can do to stop Varane from seeking pastures new.
Jose Mourinho finds himself under the cosh at the moment, with Chelsea enduring their worst run of form since 1978.
It's also the worst start to a season from a reigning Premier League champion in history and even making it to the Champions League next season could be beyond the Stamford Bridge outfit if they don't turn it around soon.
Mourinho might well look back at his decision to offer John Terry a renewal on his contract before the start of this campaign as a huge error of judgment.
Balls over the top or in behind seem to be killing Chelsea at present, with Terry and Gary Cahill's lack of pace proving a major issue.
This is where Varane would excel.
His raw speed from a standing start has to be seen to be believed while his aerial ability matches that of Terry.
Far from a dirty player by any stretch, Varane has the power to muscle his opponents off the ball in a firm but fair manner and will have no problems integrating into the physical style of play that the Premier League provides in abundance.
Chelsea would have to spend heavily to remove Mourinho from his post and with no real candidates of the right pedigree to take the reigns at Stamford Bridge, the Portuguese looks likely to retain his role as manager.
Only a few weeks separate him from one of the most important transfer windows of his professional career. Buy well, and the Blues' fortunes could be transformed.
Varane's purchase would undoubtedly shore up a defence shot to pieces at the moment - and could save Mourinho's neck in the process.
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