Two headed goals by Paris Saint-Germain saw Chelsea knocked out of the Champions League on Wednesday night and Jose Mourinho now has the towering Raphael Varane in his sights as he looks to sure up his defence.
The 21-year-old Frenchman had a rocky start to the campaign as he was in and out of Real Madrid’s starting eleven but has now firmly cemented his place in Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Despite his age, Varane has already made 104 appearances for the Spanish outfit and has become a regular in the heart of defence for France.
The ramifications of the potential transfer would mean that either captain John Terry or his long-time defensive partner Gary Cahill will be axed from the Chelsea line-up.
Cahill, however, has come under criticism since he gave away a first-half penalty against Tottenham Hotspur on New Year’s Day which saw them lose that game 5-3.
In recent times, 20-year-old Kurt Zouma has been favoured for the bigger league matches so Cahill could find his place at the club under serious threat come the summer.
Varane would provide the Blues with height and power in the central area, as well as a world-class long-term replacement for veteran Terry. Chelsea face competition from Manchester United and Arsenal for his signature but Mourinho’s relationship with the player could make them frontrunners.
Varane recently signed a three-year extension to his contract which ties him to the club until June 2020 so any offer would reportedly have to exceed the £30m mark.