Ramires or Real Madrid target - Who does Mourinho need more?

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Chelsea are reportedly holding talks with Real Madrid concerning a deal to see Ramires and Luka Modric switch clubs.

The Metro is reporting the deal, with Ramires and £10 million going to Madrid in exchange for the former Tottenham playmaker.

Although a deal for Cesc Fabregas is reportedly set to be finalised in the next few days, Mourinho would prefer Modric - whom he coached at Madrid - to the Barcelona man, whilst Brazilian international Ramires is said to be keen on reuniting with former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti in Madrid.

Losing Ramires would seem to go against Mourinho's fondness of the adaptable midfielder, who regularly features as one of the 'double-pivot' in a 4-2-3-1, or as a defensive winger, exploiting his pace and stamina to overrun the opposition in a counter attacking system.

Despite impressing in games against dominant opposition, in which he offers an outlet for attacking transitions in the Blue's naturally defensive style, when required to display technical consistency in games when the opposition defends, he regularly comes unstuck - losing the ball with wayward passes and dead-end runs.

To offer a contrasting option, Modric sits deep in Madrid's formation, spraying passes to the three attacking midfielders. He is regularly praised for his precise passing ability, and is able to dictate the tempo of the game next to a more defensive based midfielder - Sami Khedira at Madrid, or Nemanja Matic at Chelsea.

  TeamPosKey Pass / AppPass AccScoring Attempt / AppAppsMins
Modric Madrid MF 1.50 89.70 1.10 34 2,644
Ramires Chelsea MF 1.10 83.76 1.70 30 2,607

As can be seen above, Modric beat Ramires in every aspect of playmaking, over a longer period of game time. His remarkably higher assist stat - Ramires registered two, whereas Modric registered six - is the key ability for the deep lying midfielder, and, although Modric is providing for strikers who can convert better, his Key Pass stat is also higher.

His increased passing accuracy is needed for Chelsea, as Roman Abramovich desires an implementation of tiki-taka at Stamford Bridge, and although he registers fewer scoring chances per game, it shows a better understanding of his tactical role that Ramires - who appears out of position on various occasions.

The rumours to bring in the Czech international suggest an increased desire to move away from the defensive style of football that characterised last season, and if Modric's passing ability was placed behind a striker of the quality of Diego Costa, there is no knowing of the heights that Chelsea may reach in the coming years.

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