Report: Chelsea 'pushing' to sign defender whom Eden Hazard described as 'one of the best'

Chelsea are one of the two English clubs “pushing” to sign Raphael Varane amid the uncertainty over the defender’s contract situation at Real Madrid, according to Fabrizio Romano.

On Wednesday, Real Madrid confirmed Sergio Ramos’ shocking departure after 16 years at the club.

Ramos may not be the last centre-back to leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer, however.

Varane has now entered the final year of his contract (expires in 2022) at Real Madrid.

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According to Romano, Real Madrid are yet to make any breakthrough over Varane’s new deal, and Chelsea are among the clubs that are monitoring the situation.

“Still no agreement between Madrid and Varane for the contract,” Romano told The Here We Go Podcast.

“At the moment the situation is still open, but English clubs are really pushing for Varane.

“Both Chelsea and Manchester United are waiting to see the [potential price tag] for the centre-back.

“There is a chance that Varane may leave Real Madrid this summer.”

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Varane ‘one of the best centre-back in history’, says Eden Hazard

Chelsea icon who is now Varane’s teammate at Real Madrid seems to ate the defender very highly.

“In my career, I’ve known some very great defenders, like John Terry or Vincent Kompany,” the Belgium international told France Info last year.

“I think Raphael is one of the best central defenders in history, even though he is still young.”

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It is very unlikely that Real Madrid would be willing to lose another first-choice centre-back after Ramos’ surprising exit.

The ball, however, could be in Varane’s court in this situation.

If Chelsea could convince him to join and turn down any new contract offer from Real Madrid, the Spanish club might have to cash in on the 28-year-old this summer or risk losing him on a free transfer next year.

The Blues might also need a new centre-back considering they have a few players in that position; Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christesen, Cesar Azpilicueta, whose contracts also expire next summer.

Similar to Real Madrid, Chelsea could be in a position where they have to sell if any of these defenders refuse to sign a new deal.

Rudiger, in particular, has reportedly refused to enter contract talks as he has not forgotten about what happened during Frank Lampard’s reign.

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