Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is ready to sell Brazilian midfielder Ramires when the transfer window re-opens in January - but only if the Blues can secure the services of a replacement.
Goal understand that Chelsea are willing to listen to offers for the 27-year-old, who has been a first-team regular for the Blues since arriving in a €22 million deal from Portuguese club Benfica in 2010.
But the Brazil international, who is wanted by European champions Real Madrid, has played a peripheral role at Stamford Bridge so far this season having struggled with injury and poor form.
Ramires down pecking order
The arrival of Spain international Cesc Fabregas, who has settled in straight away at Chelsea, has knocked Ramires further down the pecking order. And while the South American is capable of playing out on the right, Mourinho has often preferred to deploy Willian or Andre Schurrle on the flank.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is a fan of the £25 million-rated Ramires, who will have no shortage of potential suitors if Mourinho agrees to sell him in January.
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Ramires was a key player for Chelsea
The hard-working midfielder has helped the club win three major honours: the FA Cup, the Europa League and, of course, the 2011/12 Champions League. Arguably Ramires’s finest moment for the Blues came in the semi-finals of that competition, when he scored a fabulous chip against Barcelona in the second leg to help inspire Chelsea to a famous aggregate win at the Camp Nou.
But with Chelsea playing so well without Ramires in the side this season, Mourinho will reluctantly allow the player to leave Stamford Bridge.
One potential replacement could be Everton and England midfielder Ross Barkley. Reports in September claimed that Chelsea would use the money generated from Ramires’s sale in order to make a formal bid for the Manchester United and Manchester City target.