Chelsea are reportedly targetting Atletico Madrid and Uruguay centre back Diego Godin as they enter the transfer market for a new defender, but Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane remains Jose Mourinho’s number one target, according to The Mirror.
The Blues are on course to lift the Premier League trophy for the first time in five years, sitting seven points clear at the top with a game in hand on nearest challengers Arsenal, but it is thought a centre back would help them conquer Europe again next season.
Frenchman Raphael Varane moved to Real Madrid from Ligue 1 Lens when they were managed by current Chelsea boss Mourinho and the Portuguese manager is said to be a big fan of his.
Los Blancos are expected to resist any interest from Chelsea, meaning they may have to look elsewhere for a defender and Atletico man Godin has emerged as a contender.
The Uruguayan is seven years older than 21-year-old Varane, but following last season’s captures of La Liga winners and Champions League runner-up medals, he has cemented himself as one of the world’s top centre backs.