Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly interested in bringing Chelsea midfielder and former charge Ramires to the Santiago Bernabeu in the near future.
Despite the Brazilian claiming that he is happy in west London and not interested in a move to Spain, rumblings have emerged of a potential player-plus-cash arrangement to sweeten the deal for the Blues.
Sami Khedira is no longer a mainstay in the Madrid side since the departure of Jose Mourinho, and it is believed that the Spanish giants would be willing to listen to offers for the Germany international.
With speculation that the two players could be reunited with their former bosses at opposing clubs, would Real Madrid or Chelsea get the better deal?
It is my contention that the centre of the park is an area that Chelsea could still strengthen. With Frank Lampard ageing and Michael Essien and John Obi Mikel failing to impress consistently, Ramires is the only player in the boiler room that has can be a real asset for the Blues in the long term.
The Brazil international has come on in leaps and bounds since his move from Benfica, and is now an underrated player in a side full of superstars. The South American’s energy, work-rate and danger getting forward are key elements to the Blues’ style of play, and with the right player alongside him Ramires could be a real star for Mourinho’s men.
Ironically, Khedira would be an excellent option as a central midfield partner for Ramires. The German has experience, an assurance on the ball and the ability to put the foot in that would complement the attributes of the Brazilian perfectly.
For Madrid, the swap would see a seemingly unsettled player leave the Spanish capital and be replaced by one with similar, if not better, attributes than the outgoing man. Although the likes of Xabi Alonso, Isier Illarramendi and Luka Modric are present for Ancelotti to pick from, Ramires’ addition would be a shot in the arm for Los Blancos.
If Chelsea were to sign Khedira outright it would be a smart move by Mourinho, but swapping Ramires for him would be folly. The Brazil international is an important member of the side, and the Blues need to sign someone to play alongside him rather than replace him.
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