Manuel Pellegrini could cause problems for Jose Mourinho as he goes after Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.
A report from Spanish website El Confidencial suggests Manchester City could give Jose Mourinho a few problems this summer if the Portuguese boss is really after French defender Raphael Varane.
Mourinho is reportedly very keen on signing the Real Madrid man, but El Confidencial has written a glowing report on the central defensive partnership between Sergio Ramos and Pepe, a player that Manchester City remain linked with.
“Mourinho has put machinery in place to attempt a transfer which seems quite complicated – The performance of Pepe and Sergio Ramos cannot be disputed – Pellegrini loved him (during his time in charge at Real Madrid)” reads EC’s report.
There is a very good chance that City could go after Pepe in the transfer market this summer because the centre of defence is an area that Pellegrini does need to improve at the Etihad Stadium.
Martin Demichelis has done a decent job in the heart of the back four, but Pellegrini may prefer a higher profile player to play alongside Vincent Kompany next season, as city likely defend a Premier League title.
Should City pull off a move then Carlo Ancelotti will definitely shut up shop to prevent any more of his key defenders leaving.
The fact Real Madrid currently own Varane allows the Italian the luxury of being able to let a centre back go because he has someone Mourinho called the best young defender in the world, ready to step in as a replacement.
The way Chelsea could get round the problem is the same way that Manchester City could make a deal for Varane difficult.
It comes down to who can get a deal done first, which will be difficult considering Pepe’s and Varane’s likely inclusions in the Portuguese and French World Cup squads this summer.
If Chelsea can get a deal for Varane tied up, which will be very difficult, then they won’t be faced with the issue of Real Madrid trying to keep him as a replacement for Pepe.
However, Manchester City, regardless of their impending £50 million fine, have the ability to pay Real Madrid whatever they want for a player they were close to signing last summer.
Chelsea have similar resources but are trying to get someone who could form the spine of Real Madrid’s defence for the next ten years.