Raphael Varane has been a target for Chelsea, as reported by the Mirror, ever-since Jose Mourinho moved back to London two years ago. The 21-year-old French defender is regarded as one of the best centre-backs of his generation, but it is unclear whether Chelsea is the best destination for Varane this summer.
The France international has now been at Real Madrid for four years, but apart from a few spells as a starter, he has mostly been used as a back-up. This season he is again playing behind Sergio Ramos and Pepe.
He has started 17 La Liga games this term and made five appearances from the bench, but he has started eight of Real Madrid’s nine Champions League matches.
Despite John Terry’s advancing years, he is enjoying an excellent season, and with the promise shown in Kurt Zouma this campaign, it would detrimental to his progress were Varane to join this summer.
Bayern Munich and Manchester City are both also reported to be interested, and Manuel Pellegrini’s side, on the back of a poor season from Vincent Kompany and the disappointment in Eliaquim Mangala since joining, would likely jump at the chance to bring Varane on board.
However, it’s unclear whether they would be able to afford such a move, as well as improving more important positions this summer.
Across the city, Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United side would love the chance to sign Varane, and he would instantly command a place in their starting line-up.
He was a target for Sir Alex Ferguson when he was a 17-year-old at RC Lens, per the Guardian, and there is little doubt that he would transform the United defence for next season.
Spanish paper Marca believes that Varane has been convinced that Real Madrid is still the best place for him. Moving this summer would be risky if it didn’t work out. Didier Deschamps is happy with his central defender playing in Madrid, so for another 12 months at least, Santiago Bernabeu should remain his home.
If he can be convinced of a move to England, Manchester would be a better move than London, but it would then be up to the player to decide whether he is on the blue side or the red side.