As a general rule Jose Mourinho always looks to get the very best out of a situation when it comes to negotiating transfers, but there’s some proposed deals that are simply too good for even him to try and play around with.
Case in point - the proposed swap-deal being plotted by Real Madrid for the services of Chelsea’s Brazilian midfielder Ramires. The rumour mill has been inundated with reports that Los Blancos have been readying a move for the 27-year-old for some time now, only for the idea to be quashed in its early stages by Mourinho once he caught wind of it.
But, in-keeping with the Spanish giants' ruthless reputation for not taking no for an answer, it would appear that Florentino Perez has ordered his negotiators to return to Stamford Bridge with an offer that Chelsea would be foolish to refuse - one that includes Sami Khedira and Isco going the other way, plus cash. Indeed it would seem that this is the latest of mind-boggling offers to be devised at the Santiago Bernabeu as Madrid seek to retain their unerring dominance at the summit of European football.
For that’s the only word that can properly describe the apparent proposal soon to be wafted under Mourinho’s nose - mind-boggling. Ramires has established himself as a fan favourite in west London, and his energy and passion in a blue shirt couldn’t be questioned by even the fiercest of critics. However at the end of the day we are talking about a player who is dispensable in the grand scheme of things. This isn’t an irreplaceable leader like John Terry, a game-changing goal threat like Didier Drogba was in his prime nor even an individual Roman Abramovich isn’t prepared to take a financial hit on, like Fernando Torres.
The dynamic midfielder provides a quality link between defence and attack for Chelsea, but even Mourinho would surely see the inevitable advantage acquiring both Khedira and Isco would grant him in next season's Premier League title race.
The German anchorman is deemed by many to be amongst the best in the world in his position, and his experience at the highest level of the game would be crucial heading into the Blues’ maiden campaign without the influential Frank Lampard. Mourinho has worked with the 27-year-old before and knows precisely the sort of protection he can offer in front of a back four, and the notion of him forming a defensive partnership with Nemanja Matic is one that would promise to stifle even the most creative of opposition.
Then there’s Isco, who is arguably the biggest draw in this potential deal. Having arrived in the Spanish capital last summer after rejecting the approaches of Manchester City when Manuel Pellegrini sought to make him a Premier League star, much was expected of the 22-year-old as a Galactico. However, as is so often the case at Madrid, being brilliant is not good enough, and coincidentally even a long-term injury to Khedira didn’t solidify his place in the first-team.
There can be little argument against the idea that his current club see him as a long-term replacement for Xabi Alonso in midfield, but the former Malaga protege has already been linked with the exit door in search of regular game-time, and there’s few who actively believe he isn’t yet ready to be playing at the top level on a routine basis. Amongst the likes of Oscar and Eden Hazard Isco could thrive in a team which accumulates the majority of it’s inspiration from its midfield assets, and his age makes him an ideal candidate to be moulded by Mourinho into something truly special amongst the back-drop of the physical English game.
The Chelsea boss’ transfer history has been riddled with successes where he’s managed to engineer something out of nothing thanks to the ridiculous funds usually made available to him, as was perfectly evidenced by his steal of Willian from Tottenham’s clutches last summer. If he has retained any of his judgement however he’ll know that now is the time to bite the bullet and simply let Ramires leave in order to take advantage of an incredible handsome deal someone else has conjured.