Chelsea and Real Madrid could be open to a swap deal of sorts in January, as both Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti are coveting the other man's player - Ramires and Arsenal and Manchester United target Sami Khedira are the desired purchases.
Khedira's looks almost certain to leave the Santiago Bernabeu after failing to agree an extension to his contract this summer, which expires at the end of the season. Meanwhile, Ancelotti is a huge admirer of Ramires and feels that he can prise the midfielder away from Stamford Bridge with there right bid.
According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, the two players could be part of a straight swap, with both being valued at around €30million. However, it would be a far from shrewd move on the part of Chelsea to agree to such a move when Khedira will be available for free next summer.
Signing the Germany international would likely drop the price of Ramires going to Real Madrid though, which would be seen as a positive by los Blancos, rather than losing him for nothing in July.
Both Arsenal and Manchester United were also interested in signing Khedira
The report suggests that the deal would be facilitated by the two managers holding the players in such high regards. Mourinho was the man in charge at Real Madrid when Khedira was signed in 2010, while Ancelotti took Ramires from Benfica to Chelsea, also in 2010.
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Losing Ramires would be a blow for the Blues, but getting Khedira in in the same transfer window would likely appease fans of the Brazilian. The hard-running midfielder's contract expires in 2017 and negotiations over a new one would likely be beginning soon; the club may have got indicators from the player and decided to be open to business.
Real Madrid's interest would affect talks with any player and Ramires could use the his connection with Ancelotti to try and get a more lucrative deal out of the negotiations with Chelsea.
The report also claims that both Arsenal and Manchester United were interested in signing Khedira, but the player preferred to work with Jose Mourinho than moves to either Emirates Stadium or Old Trafford. It also suggests the two parties may already be close to an agreement over personal terms.
One thing that could affect any move would be that both players have played in the Champions League already and they would be ineligible to play in the round of 16, should both clubs qualify from their respective groups.