Real Madrid are ready to try and sign Chelsea midfielder Ramires and believe Jose Mourinho would be willing to sell for £25 million, reports the Daily Mirror.
Carlo Ancelotti believes Real Madrid are desperately short in midfield after allowing Xabi Alonso to leave for Bayern Munich in the closing days of the summer transfer window. The Italian originally brought Ramires to Stamford Bridge in 2010 and is now ready to try and force through a reunion.
Lack of options
The Spanish club have had a long standing interest in the Brazilian and were rumoured to have made a last ditch offer to sign him in the summer. However, their approach was knocked back by Mourinho and interest dwindled.
However, Ancelotti is more determined than ever to bring Ramires to the Bernabeu and is undeterred by the £25 million price tag. However, convincing Florentino Perez on the transfer is another matter.
Real Madrid have been criticised by fans and pundits for their £59 million sale of Angel Di Maria to Manchester United in the summer. Crucially, Cristiano Ronaldo publicly questioned the deal, leading to rumours of discontent.
Ancelotti is hoping to use Ronaldo's apparent unhappiness as ammunition to convince Perez to free up some cash for the January transfer window. He is also willing to wait until the summer to make his move in necessary.
Even if Ancelotti does convince Perez to free up the cash, there is no guarantee a deal can be agreed with Chelsea. Relations are still strained between Mourinho and his former club but the same report suggests £25 million will be enough.
Similarly, Ramires may also be reluctant to leave west London after committing himself to Chelsea having made his 200th appearance for the club since signing from Benfica.
"I am very proud to have completed these 200 games for Chelsea," the 27-year-old was quoted by the Daily Express as saying.
"It’s a huge honour to be one of the players in the current squad that have worn the shirt the most times.
“I hope to be at Chelsea for much longer and to achieve other important milestones in the future of the club.”
Ramires still has three years to run on a long-term contract signed in 2012.