Chelsea have recently been linked with a summer move for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane; this despite the fact that they currently have a number of impressive young centre-backs at their disposal to compete with the older guard.
Varane is said to be admired by his former Real manager Jose Mourinho, to such an extent that the Portuguese has reportedly asked his club to sign the 21-year-old in the close-season.
But despite playing second (or should that be third) fiddle to Pepe and Sergio Ramos, Varane is too talented to be allowed to leave the Bernabeu without a fight.
He may not have featured as much this season, but that is in no small part due to the injuries that have blighted his campaign.
And yet if Chelsea really are interested – and are willing to pay enough for a player whose contract runs until the summer of 2017 – it may be as simple as making him just one promise: in the big games, against the big teams, you will play.
Real may be unwilling to play ball, but if Chelsea can tempt their hand and it is a case of swaying the player, that statement could just do it.
After all, even when fit this season, Varane has been overlooked for Real’s biggest games.
As a case in point, he was on the bench for his side’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Borussia Dortmund, but started the second match with Real already 3-0 up.
He also only made the bench for both legs of the semi-final against Bayern Munich, appearing for a total of 34 minutes as a substitute.
Similarly he has been on the bench for recent matches against Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao, starting matches against what some would consider less challenging opponents.
If Mourinho is that keen to sign Varane, he need only put his faith in him, tell him he is his number one, and see if that is enough.
At just 21 Varane has years to become a stalwart in the Real back-line, but football breeds impatience, and as a result of that very feeling Chelsea could benefit.