Feeling unhappy at Real Madrid according to rumors, there’s a chance that Raphael Varane will be reunited with the manager who have him his first chance at first-team football at the club as Chelsea will attempt to sign the international French centre back.
Jose Mourinho has quite a lot of options on defense: Gary Cahill and John Terry manned the lines last season, while Branislav Ivanovic is a very good centre back when actually used at the position. Kurt Zouma is a very talented young Frenchman who is still waiting for his first chance at Stamford Bridge, but he might be loaned out before the season begins.
Where does Varane fit into all of this? You can never have enough quality players, and Varane is certainly not just young and full of potential, but also ready to contribute right now, as was showed during the 2012-2013 season with Real Madrid and with the French national team this summer.
Actually, when Varane broke out onto the scene, he looked like he’s well on his way to become one of the best centre backs in the world, pushing Pepe out of the lineup. An injury last season cost him dearly and halted his improvement and status, playing in only 14 matches, getting most of his starting opportunities late in the season.
The Independent is reporting that Varane is unhappy with his wages, and thinks he shouldn’t be the lowest paid of centre backs, comparing himself to Sergio Ramos and Pepe. He’s 100% a better defender than Pepe, and once he shakes off his fear of going into tackles which might have happened already, he’s just as good as Sergio Ramos, possibly without the influence on players around him.
Jose Mourinho and Chelsea would like to take advantage of this opportunity and sign the 21-year old, but it’ll cost them at least €25 million to sign a player who cost Real Madrid €10 million when they brought him over from Lens.