Chelsea want star duo to repair XI after Euro exit

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is ready to launch raids for Paris Saint-Germain’s Marquinhos and Raphael Varane of Real Madrid this summer in a bid to repair his shaky backline, according to reports from the London Evening Standard.

Although the Blues’ defensive set-up earned much praise during the opening months of the campaign, a dip in form was well and truly summed up during the club’s Champions League elimination on Wednesday.

10-man PSG netted two routine set-piece goals against the Londoners, with the failure to effectively mark Thiago Silva and David Luiz at Stamford Bridge crushing any dreams of a trophy treble this season.

With John Terry ageing, Kurt Zouma still young and Gary Cahill a concern in terms of form, Mourinho is keen to act and has lined up Marquinhos and Varane.

The Brazilian and French internationals are seen as two of the very best young centre-backs around, and have both been lauded for this abilities in their own third.

Mourinho worked with Varane while in charge of Real, while Marquinhos’ showings in both legs against Chelsea recently is thought to have impressed the Special One.