Reports in today’s Daily Star have raised eyebrows in the Football Transfer Tavern with the paper suggesting that new Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is plotting a raid on former team Real Madrid for defender Raphael Varane and midfielders Luka Modric and Xabi Alonso this summer.
Following his return to Stamford Bridge, Mourinho is desperate to bring success to Stamford Bridge next season and believes that the squad he inherited needs strengthening across the board.
After working with all three players last season the Special One is keen to see them arrive in SW6 when the transfer window open with former Liverpool man Alonso his top target.
The 31-year-old’s contract runs out next summer and this could see Real cashing in on the Spain international this summer while Modric had a disappointing first season with the club.
The Croatian could now be tempted to return to England for a reunion with Mourinho at Stamford Bridge. Varane (pictured) could be harder to lure with the 20-year-old happy with life in Spain but after giving him his chance in Spain Mourinho will hope that he could be keen on a move.