Real Madrid have reportedly received an offer from Chelsea for the potential transfer of Raphael Varane this summer.
According to ABC, the Blues are in conversation with Madrid about taking Varane away from the Spanish capital.
Madrid’s president, Florentino Perez, said in an interview with Onda Cero that he had not accepted any bids, but this could simply be a distraction technique.
The 28-year-old is in high demand as he enters the last 12 months of his Santiago Bernabeu contract.
There hasn’t been any indication that a new deal will be signed, which has put many clubs on high alert.
Chelsea have seemingly thrown their hat into the ring, alongside Manchester United.
It is no surprise that Varane is wanted by two of the Premier League’s giants.
His CV is one of the finest in modern football.
He has played 360 times for Madrid, claiming four Champions Leagues and three La Liga titles en route.
Add to that a World Cup winners’ medal with France and Varane’s trophy cabinet is one to envy.
Roman Abramovich might want to pull on Varane’s connections to Stamford Bridge as part of his luring process.
A current teammate of former Blues stars Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, the Frenchman also worked under Jose Mourinho in Spain.
“I think Varane is the best central defender in the world,” said Mourinho in an interview with Yahoo back in 2014.
N’Golo Kante, Kurt Zouma and Olivier Giroud are also colleagues at international level.
Tie all those links together, plus the defender’s apparent desire to leave Madrid, and Chelsea could be onto a winner.