Chelsea's poor start may have triggered Jose Mourinho to look ahead to January for reinforcements, and a key target they missed out on from the summer may be interesting them again.
But they face stiff competition now, as Real Madrid signal their interest in Everton and England defender John Stones. But that does leave the door open for Chelsea to move for Real Madrid's French international defender, Raphael Varane.
The story is reported in AS via talksport: http://talksport.com/football/reports-real-madrid-will-move-evertons-john-stones-if-raphael-varane-leaves-150915166532
Chelsea have been interested for a while, but they face stiff competition from Manchester United, who themselves have been in the market for a central defender for some time, failing in a bid for Varane's Madrid team-mate Sergio Ramos.
Mourinho was set on Stones during the summer, but with Everton's stance on the defender being quite secure, they could move for Varane, as Stones becomes a potential target for Florentino Perez's Real Madrid.
Man United may have found an answer to their problems as Smalling and Blind appear to have settled in as the first choice defensive partnership, but Van Gaal is always looking for improvements. He has proven that he will enter the market for high profile players, and one with the pedigree and potential of Varane will surely spark a bidding war between the two Premier League giants.