Gary Cahill’s well documented demise of form this season seems to have prompted Chelsea fans and pundits alike to speculate the potential of a replacement this summer. One players name keeps coming up – Raphael Varane.
The French player is just 21 years old and is already a key part of Real Madrid’s defence. Varane seems to be Chelsea’s main target in that area. Could it be as a replacement for the shaky Gary Cahill or as a long-term replacement for John Terry? Sure, Terry is not getting any younger but his form is better than ever. To replace the stalwart stopper with a young foreign player would surely unbalance the team. What our back line needs is experience so perhaps keeping Gary Cahill is something we must do.
In September 2014 Raphael Varane signed a six-year contract which will keep him with Los Blancos until 2020. There is reportedly a buy-out clause which can be activated at any time.
Varane’s name has been thrown about since last summer, being linked with Manchester United and Bayern Munich too. He won the Champions League with Real Madrid last summer, and the tail-end of this season will be exciting as they aim to beat eternal rivals Barcelona to winning La Liga. I think Varane will not be reading the papers to see who is interested in potentially signing him.
Another potential centre-back signing if Varane is not available is Diego Godin. Diego Godin is older than the aforementioned Frenchman at 29 years old. Godin scored the goal to win Atletico Madrid the league title last season. He also opened the scoring in the 2014 Champions League Final and looked set to have won them the title if it had not been for an injury time goal by Sergio Ramos taking the game into extra time – Real Madrid won the game 4-1.
To have scored two such pivotal goals for his team is surely an admirable quality and he could fit in well with our defence who occasionally link up to score goals when it matters.
As always I believe there is no use in speculating about which player will move where until at least the transfer window is open.