Speculation broke this weekend that Real Madrid had made a €30m offer for Blues star Ramires, who was signed by Los Blancos manager Carlo Ancelotti whilst the Italian was at Stamford Bridge. The 27-year-old has been a first team regular at Chelsea ever since his €22 move from Benfica in 2012, but could now be poised for the Spanish capital this summer.
Reports suggest that Jose Mourinho has turned down the €30m bid for his Brazilian midfielder, but Los Blancos are believed to be coming back with another offer – and this time they will offer up players in part exchange to try and tempt Chelsea into the sale.
The Daily Express reported this morning that Madrid were willing to part with both Sami Khedira and Isco in order to land Ramires, and whilst Isco only arrived from Malaga a year ago, Khedira was a key player under Mourinho during their time together at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Whilst both players are talented, they serve very different roles on the pitch – so which one would Chelsea need more?
Isco was one of the hottest properties in European football last summer after starring for Malaga, where he commanded a €30m fee from Ancelotti's side. However, as more of an attacking midfield player, the Spaniard would largely fill the same role as compatriot Cesc Fabregas – who is widely expected to become a Chelsea player in the near future – or possibly even further forward, where Mourinho already has the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian at his disposal.
Conversely, German international Khedira appears to be the ideal partner for Nemanja Matic in front of the Chelsea back four. The former Stuttgart man served a key role under Mourinho whilst at Madrid together, and whilst he has been recovering from a knee injury for the majority of the season, the 27-year-old is the perfect box-to-box player to be the runner next to Matic.
Signing both Madrid stars in exchange for Ramires seems highly unlikely given that both would likely command €30m fees each, but offering one in a straight swap is more than feasible – and whilst there are question marks over his immediate fitness, Khedira appears to be better suited to Chelsea right now.