Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has been re-appointed as Chelsea manager – according to a number of reports this week the former Real Madrid boss is less than keen of the style of defending implemented by David Luiz.
The plot thickens, however, as Barcelona are reportedly now interested in bringing the Blues’ Brazilian to the Camp Nou to add defensive reinforcement to the side that was beaten 7-0 on aggregate by eventual champions Bayern Munich in the Champions League this term.
20-year-old Raphael Varane is one of the hottest properties on the continent at present – the French youngster joined Los Blancos two years ago from Lens and has managed to break into the first team this season under Mourinho.
He made 33 appearances in all competitions for Real Madrid this term in central defence and even managed to get his name on the score-sheet twice. He is understood to have build up a strong working relationship with Mourinho during his time at the Bernabeu.
Whilst some more regular first-team players were less than enamoured with the Portuguese coach’s style of management, Varane and him enjoyed a fruitful and respectful time together. If Mourinho now intends to sell David Luiz, he couldn’t hope for much better than one of most exciting prospects in Europe with whom he already has a good relationship built coming in to replace him.
Now that he knows Barcelona want Luiz, why not follow the Catalans’ lead and sign their target who, apparently, is unwilling to cross enemy lines and join up with them.
The Frenchman’s contract has a £25.5 million release clause built into it and, as is expected, Chelsea have money to spend again this summer. Roman Abramovich’s pockets are never short of cash and, as investments go, he couldn’t find a better prospect than Raphael Varane.
Barcelona want him but they can’t have him. Mourinho doesn’t want David Luiz and Barcelona will take him. Is anyone following my drift?
David Luiz is a fantastic player and Chelsea fans love him but I believe the Blues’ faithful love the special one more and, realistically, if he takes a special exception to Luiz, Chelsea will make an exception – especially if there happens to be an exceptionally special replacement lined up.
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