Chelsea transfer latest: Next best thing to striker is player Wenger obsessed over

Varane Madrid

All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge including link to Real Madrid star, a former Arsenal target, and Paris Saint Germain forward.

Chelsea may well be desperate to enter the summer transfer market in order to recruit two strikers of substantial quality, yet the reported pursuit of the following Real Madrid star could well be the next best thing to signing a guaranteed goal-scorer.

According to the Express, Jose Mourinho is to return to his former club in order to do enter conversations regarding the future of highly-rated French defender Raphael Varane, a player who the same paper claimed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was "obsessed with" in November.

Just six months ago, the Gunners chief was reportedly desperate to make a dual Los Blancos acquisition by spending big on Varane and Karim Benzema. While any interest from North London may have cooled, Mourinho is said to view Varane as the man to replace John Terry.

Three Chelsea veterans, meanwhile, should have their contracts renewed for an additional season, according to former boss Avram Grant.

Ashley Cole, John Terry and Frank Lampard all have deals expiring in June, but due to their combined experience, they could still serve great experience during fixture-congested times next season, argues Grant.

He said, as per Sky Sports News: "Chelsea have a good squad for next season. If you can use those players Lampard, Terry and Cole, sometimes not even all of the season because of their age, but if you can use them it would be good."

Grant concluded: "All of these three can make a contribution, not for all the season, but they can make Chelsea better."

One striker who could be joining the club, Paris Saint Germain attacker Ezequiel Lavezzi, has been a long-standing rumoured target, but that speculation has added credence due to the prospect of UEFA financial fair play sanctions.

PSG are, according to talkSPORT, ready to lower their wage bill by signing off the transfers of certain players, Lavezzi being one of them - a player on Chelsea's radar.

And finally, two pieces of social media activity as Eden Hazard takes on a kid in Chelsea training (unfair battle, surely!) while at the bottom of the article, the Chelsea Youth team sing Wonderwall - reasonably well, I might add.

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