Spanish giant Real Madrid have stepped up their chase for Chelsea and Brazilian midfielder Ramires with a January move been muted. According to many reports, European champions are set to put in a bid of 20 million pounds for the Brazilian with the hope of convincing Chelsea to sell him to them.
Madrid have been linked to the 27-year-old all summer but no move was made. With the likely departure of German Sami Khedira, a January move for Ramires could be on the card. Madrid boss Carlo Ancelloti is keen to reunite with the player he brought to Stamford Bridge during his time at Chelsea and could sanction a move for the Brazilian as early as January.
Ramires came to Chelsea from portuguese club Benfica in the summer of 2010 in a deal worth €22m. He still have three years left on the five years contract extension he signed with Chelsea two years ago.
Rambo as he is popularly called because of his tireless runs and energy has had amazing years with Chelsea and was instrumental in Chelsea run to lifting the Uefa champions league in 2012 with his trade mark chip over Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes always fresh in the mind of Chelsea faithfuls.
He has however had first team opportunities hard to come by this season no thanks to the arrival of Nemanja Matic in January and Cesc Fabregas in the Summer as Mourinho prefers using the latter pair in his central midfield position. He has made only three competitive starts for Chelsea this season.
His lack of regular actions means he will be open to a move in search of regular football action and Madrid are looking to Jump on the queue to sign him this winter.
Madrid on the other hand are short of service at the central midfield/defensive midfield position. The sale of Xabi Alonso to Bayern Munich and injury to Sami Khedira means Asier Illarramendi is the only defensive midfielder midfielder available for the merengues.
With the impending move of Sami Khedira who have been linked to Arsenal, Chelsea and Ac Milan, Madrid will look to add another deeper playing midfielder to their rank and are ready to approach Chelsea with an offer of around £30m believed to be enough in tempting Chelsea to part with their Brazilian power horse.
Chelsea are in no pressure to sell and what will determine if the player go or stays will be what Jose Mourinho thinks of the player. Chelsea have well enough cover in Ramires’ position.
Players like Cesc Fabrigas, Nemanja Matic, John Obi Mikel can all play in central midfield and it won’t be a huge loss if Chelsea let him go.
Chelsea could also be interest in a cash plus player swap for him with Mourinho’s target Sami Khedira going the opposite direction. Ramires will add a lot of quality to the Madrid team with his tireless runs, drive and energy. He can also arrive on time into the box to score those crucial goals and defensively, can help screen the back four from opposition attack.
Carlo Ancelloti is a keen admirer of the energetic brazilian and the prospect of working with the player he knows very well during his days at Chelsea could be a motivating factor in making the deal happen.
Ramires is out injure after a muscle injury he sustained in the game against Manchester City and has been dropped from Brazilian squad to play Argentina in Beijing on October 11 and Japan in Singapore three days later.
He is due to return to action after the international break.