Chelsea are in line to beat Manchester United to the signing of Raphael Varane by preparing a loan move for Kurt Zouma in order to make room for the Real Madrid star, Express reports.
The 20-year-old has been in good form, but Jose Mourinho believes his limited playing time is halting his development and is now considering a loan move which could see him join Inter Milan for the rest of the season.
Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, who now manages the Serie A side, is said to already be open to a possible link up with the Blues starlet to aid his squad.
His switch now replies on Mourinho’s ability to negotiate a deal to bring the out-of-favour Madrid star to Stamford Bridge for a estimated fee of £20million.
United are also linked with the 21-year-old France international and although Varane is not getting the amount of playing time he expects, he has admitted that he wants to stay in the La Liga and continue working under Carlo Ancelotti.
He said: “I’m 100 per cent with the team and feeling happy. I have a contract until 2020.
“I’m calm and when I’ve played, I’ve tried to do well. Sergio Ramos and Pepe play more than me, but I try to do the best I can.”