Chelsea may bring in Raphael Varane if Zouma joins Inter Milan on loan

Chelsea have edged ahead of Manchester United in their pursuit of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.

A deal may hinge on Blues centre-back Kurt Zouma, who is the subject of a six-month loan bid by Inter Milan.

Zouma has impressed for Chelsea this season as backup to John Terry and Gary Cahill, manager Jose Mourinho is keen for him to get first-team experience.

Varane has fallen behind Sergio Ramos and Pepe in the Bernabeu pecking order, and a £20m offer may be on the cards.

Frenchman Varane played down talk of a move, saying: “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.”

Manchester United are also keeping tabs on Varane, but are thought to be preferring Valencia’s Nicolas Otamendi.


Steve Osborne                                       @Pack3rNa7ion

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