Real Madrid's interest in taking Chelsea's Petr Cech to the Bernabeu could reportedly see centre-back Raphael Varane go the other way.
According to Ben Jefferson in the Express, Real think they can claim Cech's services after Thibaut Courtois returned from a long-term loan spell with Atletico Madrid and looks set to become the Blues' No. 1.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho brought 21-year-old Varane to Real when he was in charge in Madrid and reportedly continues to be a fan of the French international, especially having missed out on signing Atletico Madrid defender Joao Miranda, per Marca (h/t barcastuff):
Atletico centre back Miranda (29) has finally decided to stay. Thought about leaving after interest from Barcelona, Man Utd, Chelsea [marca]— barcastuff (@barcastuff) August 3, 2014
Jefferson's report suggests that if Real come in for Cech, Chelsea will ask for Varane to be part of the deal.
I have to say my club did a fantastic job, and not just because of what we bought, but because we did it in almost record time. The transfer market closes 31 August and we close our market on July 19. We finished the market today.
Furthermore, it seems likely that both Cech and Varane would have potential issues with the proposed switch.
Both want regular first-team football, but with the presence of Keylor Navas, Iker Casillas and Diego Lopez at Real and John Terry, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic at Chelsea, it may not be forthcoming for either player.
However, Cech does seemingly look set to be second choice in between the posts for Chelsea next season, per the Sunday Telegraph via 101 Great Goals:
Thus, at still only 32, Cech is likely to seek a first-choice spot at another club considering he is still one of the best in the goalkeeping business.
Should Courtois be Chelsea's No. 1 next season?
But it seems unlikely to be Real, where they are over-run with top keepers. This in turn means that Chelsea are unlikely to pick up Varane, although he may well be a target for the future, given his young age.
Chelsea look set at the back with a strong keeper and great depth in defence, which should see them compete on all fronts this season.
However, Cech may be on his way out of Stamford Bridge, and if he does somehow end up at Madrid, Varane could possibly add further depth in the Blues' defence.