Reports are suggesting that young French starlet Raphaël Varane could be on his way to Stamford Bridge.
Having just won La Decima with Real Madrid, the Daily Star is reporting that the 21-year-old is a transfer target for Chelsea. With the departure of David Luiz, he is seen as someone who has the ability to step into the team and replace the Brazilian.
Varane started off his career in his native France, playing for Racing Club de Lens. Breaking into the first team at the tender age of 17, the centre half went onto make 24 appearances for the club, even chipping in with two goals. He made such an impression in his debut season, he was actually given the captain’s armband for a game. Not bad for a player who had only been given his chance due to injuries.
On 27th June 2011, he joined the Spanish outfit for a reported €10 million and has gone on to make 71 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals in the process. His honours include the UEFA Champions League, as well as winning La Liga in 2011-12, the Copa del Rey and Supercopa de España. Having played for junior national teams, he has 5 senior caps for Les Bleus and is in the squad for this years World Cup.
His confident display against fierce rivals Atlético Madrid would no doubt have impressed the Chelsea hierachy. Luiz has been seen as somewhat of a loose cannon, erratic to say the least. His defensive capabilities have always been questioned. The West London outfit need a natural partner to Gary Cahill, especially with the decline of club captain John Terry. He has previously linked up with José Mourinho in his time at Real Madrid, and so will be familiar with the “special one’s” tactics and style of man management.
However, Chelsea will surely be aware of the youngster’s spat with coach Diego Simeone in the dying minutes of an already won Champions League. A petulant kick of the ball towards the losing manager was enough to nearly start an on field brawl. Some will see this as a mark of disrespect but can Chelsea get the best out of him?