Reports this weekend claimed Chelsea were interested in Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane.
The 21-year-old centre-back was beginning to make a name for himself as one of Europe’s very best young defenders when injury struck, meaning he has rarely featured under Carlo Ancelotti.
And now Spanish newspaper Marca claims his former boss Jose Mourinho wants him at Stamford Bridge next season.
The only thing is, Chelsea have three players who would render such a move if not pointless, then certainly far from necessary.
While the curtain could be falling – all be it slowly – on John Terry’s glorious career, Chelsea have three defenders who could form the bedrock of the Blues’ backline for years to come.
Gary Cahill is already a stalwart in that defence, and at 28 he has plenty of years ahead of him, while Tomas Kalas showed in his first senior start for the Blues against Liverpool that he is a hugely talented and confident young man.
And then there is Kurt Zouma, who may not have pulled a Chelsea shirt on yet, but who is showing consistently in France that Mourinho bagged another bargain with his £12million capture from St Etienne.
When you consider that Branislav Ivanovic is also a more than capable centre-back, the capture of Varane makes little sense.
Yes, he is a supremely talented young man, but central defence is not the area the Blues need to strengthen.
They need a new left-back, a world-class striker and possibly a new central midfielder to form a formidable and long-lasting partnership with Nemanja Matic.
But in Kalas, Cahill and Zouma, Chelsea have the defenders to cope when Terry decides he has kicked his last ball. And at this stage, Varane would be an unnecessary expense.