Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho given the go-ahead to spend £40m on Real Madrid’s Rapahel Varane [Sun]

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane looks set to be subject of a £40m bid from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho this summer.

The Portuguese manager handed Raphael Varane his Real Madrid debut in 2011 and has spoken highly of the young Frenchman since leaving his post at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Aged 34, Chelsea legend John Terry was recent rewarded for his fine form with a one year contract extension at Stamford Bridge.

Manager Jose Mourinho is nonetheless looking for a replacement for the club captain, who surely has no more than one season left at the top.

20 year old Frenchman Kurt Zouma is coming through the ranks at Chelsea but Gary Cahill’s performances this season have been questionable at times.

According to today’s Sun, Jose Mourinho has been given the green light to splash out £40m on Raphael Varane.

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The highly rated 21 year old centre half still finds himself behind Pepe and Sergio Ramos in the Real Madrid pecking order and could be tempted to link up with his former boss in London.

Real Madrid will, understandably, be very reluctant to let one of the most exciting young talents in world football leave, regardless of the fee involved.