Jose Mourinho and Chelsea have cast further doubt over the future of John Terry this week, after enquiring about Real Madrid’s young centre-back Raphael Varane.
Reports as per the Daily Mail claim that after their unsuccessful pursuit of Everton’s John Stones, Mourinho has now turned his attention back to his original first-choice option for replacing the ageing Terry.
Terry, who will turn 35 this year, has endured a nightmare start to the season, first being substituted at Manchester City before being sent off at West Brom.
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With Terry now having to serve a minimum of a one game suspension, and fellow Chelsea defender Gary Cahill only recently back in the squad after breaking his nose in a collision with his own goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, any deal that may have been in the works may now be accelerated in an attempt to solve this crisis.
Varane, who was a regular under Mourinho during the Portuguese manager’s spell at the Bernabeu, is viewed as one of the most promising young defenders in world football.
Having already made 117 appearances for Madrid in all competitions, including an impressive 34 Champions League appearances at just 22, Madrid view Varane as a future replacement for Pepe who turned 32 this year.
Due to this, Chelsea may face an uphill struggle to prise him away from the Bernabeu, but the lure of playing under Jose Mourinho once again may prove the deciding factor in determining where the young Frenchman will ply his trade next season.
Any fee for Varane would almost definitely exceed the £30 million paid by Manchester United for Rio Ferdinand for 2002, therefore making the youngster the most expensive defender in British football history.