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Chelsea to offer £40m for Real Madrid defender

Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane is reportedly open to an exit from the club at the end of the season, and Jose Mourinho is poised to land the defender with a £40m offer, according to the Sun.

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The Sun report that the centre-back is a top target for Mourinho’s in the summer transfer window.

With defender Pepe set to sign a new contract at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, that will further limit Varane’s first-team opportunities, the youngster is open to leaving the club.

The Blues boss signed the Frenchman when he was Real boss, and the 21-year-old would welcome teaming up with the Portuguese, once more, at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea captain John Terry signed a one-year contract extension on Thursday, but Mourinho is eager to add further reinforcements to his defence, with Kurt Zouma the only real back-up to Terry and Gary Cahill.

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