The links linking Chelsea midfielder Ramires to Real Madrid have resurfaced.
The Brazil international was reportedly on the radar of the 2014 Champions League winners in the summer, and it has now been claimed that Los Blancos could return for him in the January transfer window.
It has also been reported that Chelsea could ask up to £30 million for Ramires, who has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
The news merits a discussion, and here are three key questions.
Do Real Madrid need Ramires?
No. Maybe Madrid need someone like him, but not him.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti has Sami Khedira for defensive midfield duties. Although the Germany international has not played regularly so far this season, he has recovered from his injuries and could do the job.
If Madrid sell Khedira in January, then they may look to sign a replacement but they would be better off searching elsewhere. Ramires is a very good player, but one needs to ask why he is not guaranteed a regular place in the Chelsea starting line-up.
Maybe he is not just that good.
Oh, and Madrid do not need Ramires’s attacking quality. They have enough of that in Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.
Should Chelsea sell Ramires?
Ramires has been reduced to the role of a back-up player by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, but he has still made an impact.
The former Benfica star has provided three assists and scored one goal in four Premier League appearances, while having an 81% pass accuracy.
This season Chelsea are looking to win both the Premier League and the Champions League, and to do that they need to have a strong and large squad.
Ramires provides the Blues with that depth, but if a big offer is made in January, then it would be wise to let him go and invest the money in someone else.
Is Ramires worth £30 million?
No, but a player is worth what a club will pay for him. But if a player was to be judged solely on his quality, then Ramires is not worth £30m.