Chelsea are considering a summer approach to sign Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, according to Tutto Mercato Web. The 20-year-old has been in impressive form in recent times and has been a regular inclusion in the Spanish club's back four.
Real have already parted ways with their manager Jose Mourinho earlier this week and the west London club are now keen on re-signing the Portuguese tactician in the summer. The report claims the former Chelsea manager has now set his eyes on bringing the French international along with him to Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho has been an admirer of Varane and has preferred him ahead of his compatriot Pepe in Real's back four. Chelsea are believed to lose David Luiz, who has been a transfer target for Barcelona and the Brazilian is believed not to fit into the Portuguese boss' plan with the west London club.
Varane earlier revealed the success behind his recent form and the centre-back believes it is all down to Mourinho, who showed confidence in him.
"I have to thank him - my coach - for the confidence he has given to me and his help in improving me as a player. I have worked hard to get to where I am. I have since learned a lot from my teammates," Varane told AS.
The former Inter Milan boss is looking to offload fringe players from the Blues current squad and bring in new players in the summer. One among them would be Florent Malouda, who has failed to feature even once during the 2012/13 season and was made to train with the reserve team, despite earning £80,000 a week. The Frenchman's contract will expire next month and the Daily Mail believes the 32-year-old is likely to be shown the exit door in the summer.
Mata Would Welcome Mourinho's Return
Meanwhile, Chelsea star Juan Mata claims he would welcome Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
"Jose is one of the best. He's won everything in every country he was: in Portugal, in Italy, in Chelsea in London and in Spain. I think we don't know really what's going to happen, but if he comes, he's welcome, because he's one of the best. Chelsea always want to be a top squad, a top side, and I think if he comes, we're all going to be happy to have him," Mata said.