Chelsea are edging closer to capturing the signature of young French central defender Raphael Varane. The 22-year old Real Madrid defender was linked to the Blues all summer but it has emerged that a winter move could be possible as Chelsea owner Roman Abrahamovic has stepped in to help Mourinho finance the move for the highly rated defender.
Abrahamovic seems pleased with the good work Mourinho has done in the club since taking over last summer especially with the Portuguese’s summer signings lightning up the Premier league with their rich form, and is bent on financing any further signing Mourinho would want to make irrespective of the cost.
Varane has been identified as a possible long term replacement for Chelsea captain John Terry and also as a long term defensive partner to compatriot Kurt Zouma who is already showing his good qualities at Chelsea this season.
Terry will be 34 next month and is almost at the twilight of his Chelsea career and the club has already set out to find the right replacement for the long serving skipper. Chelsea have been linked to Gerard Pique but Mourinho seem to prefer Raphael Varane whom he brought and worked with while at Real Madrid.
Chelsea will look to move for the player as early as this winter transfer window and the 19million asking price from Real Madrid won’t be a huge problem especially with the Russian Billionaire owner backing the move.
Mourinho won’t have any problem convincing the young defender to move to Stamford Bridge as he has worked with the player before and both have a good relationship till date.
It was Jose Mourinho who signed Varane from french side RC Lens in the summer of 2011 and gave the young prodigy his big break at top flight football at Bernabue benching stalwart like Pepe for the young French defender.
Varane has however find action limited since the departure of the Portuguese manager as new Los Blancos manager Carlo Ancelotti seems to prefer the defensive pair of Pepe and Ramos in central defence.
A move to West London is one Varane would welcome with open arms even as the prospect of working again with Jose Mourinho could be too tempting to turn down.
Varane, a calm and composed figure at the heart of defence is one of the best central defender of his age presently in football. His ability to intelligently read games is such a quality very rare in players of his age. His move to Chelsea would be a huge upgrade to the Chelsea’s back-line.
He will make a good parnership with Gary Cahill when John Terry calls it quit in football at Chelsea, and having him and already-impressive Kurt Zouma lead the line from behind for Chelsea in the nearest future means the club can look into the future with great optimism.