Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel may be about to sign another Cesc Fabregas and Pedro

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Before Chelsea swooped in, Manchester United seemed the clear frontrunners to land Cesc Fabregas and Pedro. Both players left La Liga for Stamford Bridge in 2014 and 2015 respectively, leaving the Red Devils reeling as a result. And, now, Thomas Tuchel could be about to repeat the trick with Raphael Varane.

Chelsea won the Champions League last term, beating Manchester City in the final courtesy of Kai Havertz’s strike.

But the Blues are determined not to rest on their laurels, with Tuchel looking to build a dynasty at Stamford Bridge.

Though Chelsea also made the FA Cup final and finished fourth in the Premier League table, they know investment is required for that to happen.

And they could now be about to repeat their tricks with Fabregas and Pedro when it comes to landing Varane, who is another player they’re looking to beat United to.

In 2014, United were convinced they could land Fabregas from Barcelona.

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After doing all their homework on the Spain international, and registering interest 12 months previously, the Red Devils believed the midfielder would touch down at Old Trafford.

Except that didn’t happen, with Chelsea stealing a march with Jose Mourinho personally intervening.

Fabregas later explained this, saying: “After the week I had to take my chance, I had Manchester City, United and then I spoke to Mourinho – which I didn’t think would ever happen.

“To be honest, after I left the room with Mourinho I said, ‘that’s it, I don’t need to talk to anyone else, I’m going to Chelsea.’

“What he told me, the team he wanted to make, what he thought of me, how he wanted me to play, this is what I wanted.


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“On top of that it’s London and not Manchester, London was my home.”

And then, the following year, Chelsea snapped up Pedro.

Louis van Gaal thought the Spain international would join United instead, having pressed the Glazers into wrapping up a deal for the Spain international.

But Pedro turned them down in favour of joining Chelsea, later saying: “I had offers from other English clubs – Manchester United, City and Chelsea, who were the club that more rapidly resolved my transfer and the one that showed more interest in me.

“I’m very happy to be at Chelsea because it’s a club that, like Barca, are fighting for titles.

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“But I haven’t gone to Chelsea just to work under (manager Jose) Mourinho, but also because London attracts me as a city and I have friends at Chelsea. Moreover, English football is exciting and very attractive.”

And Chelsea are now aiming to do the same with Varane, whose future at Real Madrid is currently up in the air.

The 2018 World Cup winner has won every major trophy during his time at the Bernabeu and, after a decade on Spanish shores, is looking to leave La Liga behind.

United are, presently, viewed as the favourites to sign the Real Madrid star – with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoping he can partner Harry Maguire at the back.

But Spanish outlet Defensa Central have claimed Chelsea are in the picture, too, despite Real Madrid declining the chance to do a swap deal.

That Chelsea are pushing to sign Varane suggests Tuchel isn’t content with Champions League glory, with the German already looking at ways for his side to improve.

And the France international would undoubtedly be a good addition, especially as the Blues look at long-term replacements for veteran Thiago Silva.

If Varane turns down United, he’d become the latest La Liga star to choose Stamford Bridge over Old Trafford.

And that would be a huge blow to Solskjaer, who is hoping the centre-back can be the upgrade he desperately needs on the likes of Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe. 

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