Manchester United are reportedly willing to listen to offers for defender Raphael Varane following his fall-out with manager Erik ten Hag, which presents a tantalising opportunity for Chelsea to pounce.
The French centre-back has not produced his best form this season, and the manager responded by dropping him for some crucial matches.
Varane is ready to leave and has offers from Saudi Pro League clubs and Bayern Munich.
However, Premier League strugglers Chelsea need his services more and should be in for him if he is available.
Varane can be an experienced beacon for youngsters
The 30-year-old would bring crucial experience to Chelsea’s young backline, consisting of budding stars like Malo Gusto, Levi Colwill, Benoit Badiashile, Axel Disasi and Ian Maatsen.
Varane would also fit in nicely with Chelsea’s French contingent, allowing them to flourish.
With Chelsea’s most experienced defender, Thiago Silva, heading into the final six months of his contract and no new deal on the horizon, they will need to replace him with someone who can lead the backline, and Varane is their man.
The four-time Champions League winner possesses the pedigree and vocal presence to marshal the defence.
His infectious winning mentality could galvanise the squad, notorious for occasional lapses in concentration.
A smart move in the transfer market
With only 18 months left on his deal with United, Varane will likely come at a cheap price, and the Blues need to start making these sorts of smart signings.
It is a better strategy than shelling millions to sign inexperienced youngsters who have not proven their mettle anywhere.
There are even reports that Varane could walk away for free this summer, but it is unclear if United will let that happen. They will want to receive a small fee, and Chelsea could save the funds they need in other areas.
Chelsea got an incredible bargain when they picked up Silva on a free transfer following his departure from Paris Saint-Germain, and they would be wise to repeat the trick.
Winning mentality & peerless prowess
The World Cup-winning defender still has plenty to offer. He has won 73% of his duels in the league, showing he is still solid in the air and on the ground.
Varane also boasts impressive progressive passing and carrying numbers that will be pivotal when playing out from the back.
He brings winning experience and a peerless defensive prowess that could make him a crucial figure as Chelsea look to regain their footing at the elite level.
Varane is not just a defensive rock – he embodies the winning mentality Chelsea crave. His presence instantly elevates the squad’s aura and injects much-needed steel.
Chelsea’s pursuit of Varane wouldn’t just be a shrewd transfer. It would be a statement of intent – a move that could bridge the gap between their youthful promise and their championship aspirations.
By bringing in a leader, a winner and a world-class talent, Chelsea can signal their return to the upper echelon of English football.
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