Chelsea linked with Raphael Varane - why they should look elsewhere

The Blues are being linked with the Real Madrid centre-half, but wouldn’t signing a central midfielder make more sense?

David Luiz’s days at Stamford Bridge appear to be up, with the Brazil international reportedly set to leave Chelsea to join Paris Saint-Germain in a bumper summer deal.

With the Blues set to reap a grand financial windfall, Jose Mourinho is expected to bring a handful of new players to west London this summer.

With Luiz ready to depart, The Guardian has stated that the Portuguese head coach will look to former charge Raphael Varane as the outgoing man’s replacement.

The young French defender has found himself behind Pepe and Sergio Ramos in Carlo Ancelotti’s preferences in the Spanish capital this term, with rumblings that he could well be available for the right price.

Although Varane is an excellent centre-half with all the attributes to be a real star in the Blues side, Mourinho should think twice before splurging on the young Frenchman.

With Kurt Zouma Stamford Bridge bound and the presence of John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and Tomas Kalas in his squad, the Portuguese could well be overloaded at centre-half if Varane was to arrive.

On the other hand, the Blues are looking decidedly light in central midfield with the versatile Luiz and veteran Frank Lampard leaving the club.

Wouldn’t the money be better spent on a top-class, international central midfielder to partner Nemanja Matic?

Someone of the calibre of Toni Kroos, Paul Pogba or Koke would be a much more practical addition than Varane, and would make Chelsea’s squad much more rounded.

Knowing Chelsea there is every chance that both a central defender and midfielder will be added this summer, but the heart of the side should take priority.

For Varane, a move to Chelsea could see him in a similar position to the one he is in at the Santiago Bernabeu – largely on the bench.

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