As Blues boss Jose Mourinho watched his side concede two goals from set pieces the other night against PSG at Stamford Bridge it would appear that Gary Cahill’s place in the team is now under threat.
As the Chelsea boss watched his team once more crash out of Europe, the Portuguese manager has decided to make changes at the back and wants to bring in Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, who he sees as the ideal replacement for the 34-year-old centre-back John Terry.
Mourinho has decided to make the 21-year-old French international his number one summer target, and is even prepared to pay Real Madrid’s massive asking price of £30 million, because along with Kurt Zouma he considers Varane to be the best young defender in the world today.
Varane is not getting the kind of playing time he would like with the European champions, as trainer Ancelotti has him third in the pecking order behind Sergio Ramos and Pepe, and yet despite this and the hefty price tag Real Madrid will still be reluctant to let him leave for England.
Mourinho is determined to make Chelsea a European powerhouse and will get his cheque book out during the summer and not only go for Varane, but a midfielder and a striker to replace Loic Remy, who has been less than impressive his first season with the team.
Mourinho was busy at the training ground on Thursday getting ready for Sunday’s match with Southampton, and while winning the Capital One Cup and the Premiership title would be considered a good season, Mourinho is still fuming at the way his team got knocked out of Europe so early, and wants to make sure they are better prepared for next year’s competition.