Everton’s English sensation Ross Barkley though out through injury continues to attract suitors from top teams. Manchester city were the first to express their interest in the budding youngster but those interest has cooled after City were fined by Europe football governing body for breaching the financial fare pla y(FFP) law. But if reports emanating from England are to be believed the youngster could be heading to west London after it was muted that Chelsea have keen interest in signing the player this January.
Valued at £50million, Barkley is one of the game’s finest in his position and would cost any club who seeks his signature a hefty fee.
Jose Mourinho is ready to listen to offers from Real Madrid for their Brazilian midfielder Ramires in other to fund the move for Barkley in other to be Financial fare play(FFP) complaint. But the questions most lover of the game and pundits are asking are; is Barkley an upgrade for Ramires, is he really needed at Chelsea, is letting Ramires join Madrid good for both parties?.
From whichever side you’d want to look at it, both players are fantastic footballer. While some believe Ramires has had his best years at Chelsea, Barkley is still young. At 20-years of age he still has his best years of football ahead of him. He might not have the speed of Ramires but he is well composed on the ball, a good tackler and a great passer of the ball. His positional awareness on and off the ball is one of his greatest asset. Barkley’s qualities will greatly upgrade the Chelsea’s team especially when partnering Nemanja Matic in midfield thus allowing Fabregas to push further up the pitch where he can thread those final balls to the strikers.
Ramires going to Real Madrid looks the best option for both parties. He has find games hard to come by this season starting just only two of Chelsea’s games so far this season. At Madrid, he will definitely find more playing time as the club’s sale of Xabi Alonso to Bayern Munich and the injury to Sami Khedira has left Madrid with few options in the defensive midfield department of the team. Again he will be joining Carlo Ancelloti as it was the italian that brought him to Chelsea from Benfica.
At the quoted price of £25million, Ramires will be a good business for both parties. Chelsea will be safe letting Ramires join Madrid while acquiring the services of the young English midfield maestro though, not at the £50million price tag Everton placed on him. A fee around £32 – £35million should be enough to force Roberto Martinez to part with his star man. A decent acquisition for Chelsea if the deal goes through.