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Chelsea are ready to make a £20 million move for Real Madrid star Raphael Varane as David Luiz’s replacement.

Luiz is poised to join Paris Germain in the next 48 hours, with the Chelsea defender last night undergoing a medical in Brazil with PSG staff as the clubs closed on a £40 million deal.PSG officials were in London for talks on settling the fee for the Brazil World Cup star which could, with appearances worked in, be worth an eventual £50m should the French club reach the Champions League final. He is expected to sign a four year deal with an option for a fifth.Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has lined up a replacement in Real defender Varane, 21.

Meanwhile Chelsea named nine players as out of contract and available on free transfers on yesterday’s Premier League retained list deadline.On it is England midfielder Frank Lampard, but he is in talks for a new one year extension which are expected to be finalised next week.Ashley Cole, who announced he was leaving the club last week, is also on the list, as is Samuel Eto’o, another summer departure – along with Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

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