Twenty-two year old center-back, Raphaël Varane has been linked to a move to Stamford Bridge, despite signing a new contract with Real Madrid this season. The Frenchman has proven to be a future world-class defender, but has reportedly become unsettled with a lack of matches, playing behind Pepe and Sergio Ramos. A move for Varane would make perfect sense for Chelsea, it would allow Kurt Zouma to be loaned out, getting time in the first team at another club, and he would be the long term replacement to John Terry, who turns 35 years old next season. Varane would be an overall great signing, and both sides would benefit from the signing.
Varane would most likely kick Gary Cahill out of the starting XI, being younger and more skillful than the Englishman. Kurt Zouma could then be loaned out, and improve his game so in a few years Chelsea will have the French duo of Zouma and Varane locking down the center of the box. Raphael is already a great player, and he has won 64% of his average duels, which is higher than both Sergio Ramos and Pepe. Some wonder why Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti continues to start Pepe over Varane. Varane is worth way more to Real Madrid than Pepe is, and is popularly believed to be the better footballer.
Chelsea desperately needs to sign another center-back, and Varane might be their best option. Kurt Zouma has proven his quality this season, and needs the guaranteed first team appearances to improve his game. Gary Cahill isn’t the most consistent center-back in Europe, and seems to be the common one to blame on set-piece errors. And has hard as it is to admit, John Terry’s time at Stamford Bridge is coming to an end here soon, and Kurt Zouma may not be ready to replace him in 2-3 more years. Varane would have the quality to replace Terry efficiently, and could improve on his game and try to surpass the expectations set by The Captain.
Varane has a transfer value around £20million, which could be steal if Chelsea got him for that much. But he signed a new contract at Real Madrid and stated his happiness at the King’s Club. But Chelsea could convince him with guaranteed playing time, trophies and a lucrative contract.