The only player who should follow Mourinho to Chelsea

No it's not Cristiano Ronaldo, it's defensive youngster Raphael Varane, the only player Jose Mourinho should be taking with him to Chelsea.

There has been a lot of talk over a high profile move to Chelsea for Cristiano Ronaldo but it’s not going to happen.

It’s not going to happen because Ronaldo’s love in England is for Manchester United and he’s previously said he would find it almost impossible to play for any other club in the Premier League.

Chelsea should spend their time trying to get other players to follow Mourinho to Stamford Bridge and Raphael Varane is one player who doesn’t have that emotional attachment to another English side.

If David Luiz continues to be used as a holding midfield player then it means Chelsea are going to be a centre back short heading into next season and Varane is more than good enough to fill that slot.

He’s shown with his performances this season that he’s not only good enough to play at the highest level, he’s also doing enough to be considered as one of the best defenders from France at the moment.

Chelsea could seriously use an injection of quality into their back four because John Terry isn’t getting any older and simply doesn’t have the pace he once enjoyed.

Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic have performed efficiently as a defensive combination but Varane would give Mourinho extra options in defence, as well as creating enhanced competition for places.

The stumbling block is the fact that this has been Varane’s breakthrough season with Real Madrid, as opposed to a good season as he nears the end of his contract.

Chelsea will have to buy out four years on his current deal, which is not going to be cheap as he looks like one of the best defensive prospects to emerge in Europe for some years.

However, Chelsea have the resources needed to do that and if Mourinho tells Roman Abramovich, ‘this is what I need to win the league’, then a big money deal for the defender could happen.

It’s a much more realistic deal for the club to go after than trying to sign Ronaldo or even Wayne Rooney from Manchester United.

In all cases, including Varane, there are going to be several clubs trying to sign the players once agents find out that they are available.

However, Varane is a much more realistic option because he’ll be following the coach who gave him his first chance in professional football, which has enabled him to break into the French national team.

Varane is only 20-years-old and if Chelsea can get him, he can be the spine of the back four for well over a decade.

Do you think Chelsea would be able to pull off this deal?

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