Chelsea leading the race for Real Madrid defender despite Man Utd links

Chelsea could take advantage of Raphael Varane’s contract situation at Real Madrid, according to a report.

Varane has been one of the best defenders in the world over the past few years, with the high point of his career being winning the World Cup with France in 2018.

However, his fortunes since then have not been as kind. Despite starting nine out of 10 league games for Madrid so far this season, he has struggled to display his best form.

Even so, he remains one of the best in the business when at the top of his game. Therefore, he would still be an attractive proposition for many sides.

Varane could become available in the coming months. His contract at Madrid expires in 2022, with no sign yet of an impending renewal.

Hence, the La Liga champions may have to sell him soon to avoid losing him for free. That will undoubtedly put many top clubs on alert.

Manchester United have been linked with the Frenchman recently, but according to Don Balon, it is another Premier League side who are considering a bid.

The report claims Chelsea are eager to improve their defence, and have outlined Varane as someone who could help them do just that.


The Blues signed Thiago Silva as a short-term solution before the start of this season. Silva has made a positive start to his Stamofrd Bridge career, but Chelsea may be considering signing a younger upgrade on their other options.

At 27 years of age, Varane is still in his prime years. Hence, he would be an optimal solution in their search for a new defender – even if Don Balon lists several reasons why Madrid are unsure about him.

Zidane and Perez have different opinions on Varane

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Zinedine Zidane still considers Varane a key player, but owner Florentino Perez is not so convinced any more. Fans have also criticised the former Lens defender in recent weeks.

There are arguments that Varane is not consistent enough, or that he does not possess the appropriate leadership qualities. Indeed, the report says his performances seem to suffer when Sergio Ramos is not playing alongside him.

With those factors in mind, Madrid are yet to enter talks over a new deal for him. That could give other clubs a chance to swoop in.

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The report names Chelsea as the leading candidate to sign him at present, but claims they may wait until he becomes a free agent in just over 18 months. Silva has shown that there are good players to be found for no cost.

Whether Chelsea will be able to play the waiting game, or if interest from elsewhere will force them to bid sooner, is as yet unclear.

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