Chelsea set for late move for Mourinho target

Chelsea could launch a stunning deadline-beating £19m move for Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, according to reports from The Metro.

The 21-year-old France international is widely regarded as one of the very best young centre-backs in European football and has been a first-team player at the Bernabeu for much of the past two years.

The Blues have been linked with Varane on a number of occasions over the course of this transfer window, and now reports claim that a last gasp offer could be enough to lure him to London.

Jose Mourinho is known to be a fan of the defender after coaching him at Real, and has described him as the “best” emerging player in his position in the world in the past.

And with John Terry nearing the end of his career and Gary Cahill currently out of the XI in favour of Kurt Zouma, a £19m offer for Varane could be lodged today.

The starlet has struggled for game time in Madrid of late, with Pepe and Sergio Ramos established in Carlo Ancelotti’s team.