The decisive factor that could halt Chelsea's bid for Raphael Varane

Chelsea have been linked with a move for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, although they could now miss out this summer.

Chelsea are on the look-out for a long-term replacement for captain John Terry at the heart of the Blues’ defence, with Real Madrid star Raphael Varane sounded out as a possible solution.

The French international defender became an established first-team member under Jose Mourinho while the Portuguese boss was in the Spanish capital. However, under Carlo Ancelotti, Varane has had to retake his place on the bench behind regular defensive duo Pepe and Sergio Ramos.

It has been a frustrating season for the 21-year-old, as his previous development at the Santiago Bernabeu has been halted following a lack of big-game experience as his 11 La Liga starts have come against the division’s smaller clubs.

As a result of his position, Spanish press Marca reported that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho asked his directors to strike a deal with Madrid for the young star.

Varane would not only offer Chelsea a ready-made replacement for Terry, but his height and pace at the back would fit in well with the Premier League’s demands.

Chelsea’s chances of possibly striking a deal with the player hinged on the fact that Carlo Ancelotti has not used him in Real Madrid’s biggest games, therefore casting doubts over his future responsibility. That situation, however, is likely to change.

Following the injury of fellow centre-back Pepe, the Portuguese bulldozer is all-but certain to miss the Champions League final against city-rivals Atletico Madrid in two weeks. Varane is the natural replacement and a good game on such a stage would almost certainly see his status in the Madrid squad change.

Chelsea already have youngsters Tomas Kalas and Kurt Zouma on their books, and despite Varane possessing unbelievable potential, the Blues may be wise to avoid defeat in this transfer saga and move on to other areas of the team.

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