Chelsea join the race for Raphael Varane

Manchester United have been linked with a move from Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane in recent weeks.

According to Christian Falk, Chelsea have also joined the race for the Frenchman.

The Blues need to add quality defensive reinforcements to the side this summer and Varane would be a quality signing for them.

Cesar Azpilicueta’s tastes are waning and Kurt Zouma has struggled to maintain a regular starting place since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival.

Chelsea cannot hope to count on Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger to accompany them throughout a season and they must look to add more depth to the defensive unit.

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The 27-year-old has a contract with Real Madrid until the summer of 2022 and Los Blancos could be forced to take advantage of him if he refuses to sign an extension with them anytime soon.

The Spanish side won’t want to lose the World Cup winner on a free transfer next year and it would make sense to capitalize on him in the weeks to come.

It remains to be seen whether Chelsea can kick Premier League rivals Manchester United out of the competition and secure their services this summer.

Both clubs have the financial strength to make the transfer a success. It will be interesting to see where the Blues finish in the Premier League standings this season. if they miss a top-four spot, signing players like Varane could be a problem.

The France international is likely to want Champions League football and Manchester United will most likely be able to deliver it. The Red Devils are currently second in the Premier League table and Chelsea fifth.

There is no doubt Varane is a world class defender in his time when he has the quality to be successful in the Premier League.

Manchester United and Chelsea are two steps away from world-class signings to truly compete for the Premier League title and the Real Madrid star could make a big difference for them next season.

Varane could have an impact from Virgil van Dijk at Chelsea or Manchester United if he joins them this summer. He’s at the peak of his powers right now and he should be able to make an immediate impact.

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