All the latest transfer news and rumours including Jose raiding Real Madrid for a former Arsenal favourite, Manchester United's target & Hazard speaks out.
Earlier in the season, it was reported in the Express that there were two players who Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was "obsessed" with signing.
That player, Raphael Varane, seemed to have slipped through the many nets Arsenal cast in France as Real Madrid lured Lens into a deal before developing the French centre back into, in the words of Wenger, "a talent who can overcome anything." He also said, as per his Eurosport column 15 months ago: "But I am happy for him as he is carving out a role at one of the world's best clubs."
Wenger may kick himself for not snapping Varane up when a: he was playing in France and b: during the most recent winter transfer window as the 21-year-old - who has a 90% passing accuracy and completes a tackle, interception, block or clearance 6.3 times per appearance on average this season - as Jose Mourinho is now reportedly ready to reunite with his former prodigy.
A report in Marca (in Spanish) states that: "Jose Mourinho has his eye on Raphael Varane."
It adds that Varane's erstwhile fitness struggle, where he was plagued by a knee injury, was the catalyst for him falling out of favour in Los Blancos' first-team and that he could join Mourinho's roster in order to gain more regular senior level action.
Staying in Madrid and Chelsea could do a deal for former Blue, Tiago, who Mourinho signed for Chelsea ten years ago, for £10m. Tiago is out of contract next month and Marca claim that he is hot on the prospect of returning to Stamford Bridge.
In England, meanwhile, Chelsea may muscle in on Manchester United's attempts to sign Southampton left back superkid Luke Shaw, who recently thanked former manager Mauricio Pochettino (now at Tottenham Hotspur) for "everything he did for me".
United have thus far stalled on Shaw, despite their interest, while the news that Patrice Evra has signed a one year extension may perhaps infringe on Shaw's first-team match time. The player is also a long-time fan of Chelsea, meaning the Blues could effectively nab this one under the noses of United.
And finally, Chelsea player of the year Eden Hazard says that he will "not be disturbed" by the intense speculation claiming he will follow David Luiz out of the West London exit door and into the Parc des Princes, to ratify a massive transfer with Paris Saint Germain.
"I'm not someone who is disturbed by it," said the 23-year-old, as quoted by Four Four Two, before concluding: "Every year they say I'm everywhere. It's part of the job."