Premier League 'sharks' circle for Real Madrid star Raphael Varane

Chelsea are just one club from England's top division who can rescue Raphael from his Real Madrid situation, implies MARCA.

Up-and-coming centre back Raphael Varane, a 21-year-old Arsene Wenger was reportedly obsessed with ahead of the winter window last season, could be available on the summer market - much to the exultation of current Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho who integrated the Frenchman into the first-team set-up at Real Madrid during his short-lived tenure in charge of the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

  NationPosError led to shotFoulsYellow CardTackle /AppBlock & Intercept /AppClear /AppDuel Won /AppClean SheetAppMin
Raphael Varane France CB 0 0 0 1.6 1.6 3.20 2.60 2 5 389

Varane performed well during the recent World Cup tournament in Brazil, a competition where he enjoyed mainstay status with Les Bleus despite his young age. The fact that he returned eight tackles, eight blocks and interceptions and went in for 13 duels through five appearances without picking up a yellow card, conceding a foul nor making an error that led to a shot highlights the cleanliness of his work.

Considering he has perhaps 15 years of elite-level football ahead of him, it is no wonder why he has attracted interest from multiple clubs in the past few seasons, however, a recent report on MARCA indicates that, because of his regular international football there is no an expectancy on his part that he should receive regular football at club-level.

If he cannot get these assurances from the Los Blancos management then he may turn to those clubs who can offer it.

"Varane may consider a change of scenery," the report stated. "Varane discovered that [Carlo Ancelotti] saw Pepe and Sergio Ramos as untouchable… a few clubs are following his situation closely."

It also mentions that if his knee - a problematic injury from last season - is fully healed and he returns to producing the performance-levels he enjoyed under the tutelage of Mourinho, "then Real Madrid will be in serious danger of losing him if he warms the bench."

It added: "Chelsea have already put out the feelers, but other sharks in the Premier League and elsewhere in Europe would quickly start circling if he became available."

While Karim Benzema can act as an ambassador for Real and encourage his international team-mate to remain in Spain, it is believed that Inigo Martinez could be acquired.

A separate report on MARCA suggests the Real Sociedad defender is Madrid's "plan B" but would have to negotiate an agreeable fee for the player who has a £24 million release clause on his contract.

It stands to logic, therefore, that if Real were to sell Varane, they would not do so for any less than the valuation of the player's replacement - Martinez.

Varane has a valuation of £21.12 million.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch