Chelsea Transfer News: Blues Interested in Raphael Varane and Radamel Falcao

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2014

CORRECTS DATE - France's defender Raphael Varane answers journalists' questions during a press conference at the Teatro Pedro II, in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. Having captured people's attention at the soccer World Cup with some scintillating attacking football, France's players are now in unknown territory after raising expectations back home, having routed Switzerland and Honduras. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
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Chelsea are tipped to continue their summer spending with both Raphael Varane and Radamel Falcao now being linked with moves to Stamford Bridge.

Jamie Anderson of the Express reports that Jose Mourinho could pounce for the players after their availability recently came into question.

Anderson writes that highly rated defender Varane has reportedly directed his representatives to meet with his club Real Madrid in an attempt to double his wages—and with Mourinho a known admirer of the player, Chelsea will move for him if his talks with Los Blancos fail.

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - MAY 31: Radamel Falcao of Colombia looks on before the International Friendly Match between Colombia and Senegal at Pedro Bidegain Stadium on May 31, 2014 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images)
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Anderson also says that the Blues are now monitoring the activity surrounding Monaco's world-class striker Falcao after his move to the Galacticos collapsed.

Chelsea are now expected to inquire about the Colombian superstar after the departure of Demba Ba from the club and the probable sale of Romelu Lukaku.

Varane has been a sensation for Real since he burst on the scene in recent times.

Real paid £10 million for the youngster in 2011, per Anderson, and Chelsea will have to pay a huge transfer fee if they are to attract the player to London.

Varane featured five times for France during their impressive World Cup campaign, per, keeping the highly rated Eliaquim Mangala out of the starting line-up. He also featured seven times for Real in the Champions League last season as they went on to win the competition.

Varane's performances in Brazil this summer were complimented by many and the player was nominated as one of the young stars of the tournament, as confirmed by Bleacher Report's Elko Born on Twitter:

Falcao was expected to be one of the best at the World Cup in Brazil, but he could not recover in time after suffering serious injury playing for Monaco, per Peter Mason of The Guardian. 

But the striker is still one of the premier talents in European club football and his arrival at Chelsea would signal a statement of intent by the west London team and the Special One.

Former Blues and Real defender Ricardo Carvalho recently lauded Falcao when the player was expected to arrive in the Spanish capital to join Los Blancos.

He said of his Monaco team-mate, per Luke Augustus of the Daily Mail:

Everyone knows Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world and also the best professional. In terms of professionalism, Falcao is the player who is closest. He will have a very long career because he takes so much care.

Varane and Falcao would both strengthen Chelsea considerably if Mourinho was able to pull off an audacious swoop for the pair. They are the type of world-class signings you expect from the Portuguese manager and would make his side favourites to win the Premier League, and challenge firmly in Europe.

John Terry will not be around for many more campaigns so the signing of Varane would be the perfect choice. With David Luiz exiting Stamford Bridge, the young Frenchman could be the cornerstone of the defence for a decade, or more.

And with Diego Costa in the bag, bringing in Falcao would be simply sensational. He is proven at the highest level and is one of the greatest predators in the game. A combination of the former Atletico Madrid players would scare defences immeasurably, both home and abroad.