Carlo Ancelotti could be a step closer to bringing Chelsea midfielder Ramires to the Santiago Bernabéu after Real Madrid's president Florentino Perez reportedly sanctioned a £25 million deal for the 27-year-old.

The European champions will allow Ancelotti to reunite with the man he first signed in 2010 during his spell at Stamford Bridge, so long as current Blues boss Jose Mourinho can be persuaded to let him leave the club, according to the Spanish newspaper Marca.

Ramires, who made 46 appearances for Chelsea last season and has won three major trophies with the side, is said to be interested in joining Rea Madrid but will not try to force his way out of west London in order to secure a move to La Liga.

The Brazilian's energetic displays in a holding midfield role alongside Frank Lampard and Nemanja Matic earned him high praise from supporters in recent years, while his technique and versatility have made him a mainstay of the Blues XI.

However, it is thought that Mourinho sees Los Blancos playmaker Luka Modric as a possible replacement for the departing Lampard and would favour a swap arrangement involving the 28-year-old's return to English football in exchange for Ramires plus a £10 million fee.

Both players in question are set to start tonight's World Cup opener between Brazil and Croatia in São Paulo, so the transfer speculation could add more spice to the midfield battle.

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