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Jose Mourinho wants to raid his former club Chelsea for all-action midfielder Ramires.
According to reports in Spain, the Special One reckons Ramires would be the perfect partner for Xabi Alonso in his side’s midfield.
Mourinho is a big fan of the Brazilian, who has been watched extensively by Real Madrid scouts this season, the report revealed.
Mourinho is desperate to add a player with such a high work-rate to complement the long list of flair players at his disposal.
And it has even been suggested that the manager will consider selling Gonzalo Higuain, himself a target for Chelsea, in order to raise funds to strengthen the rest of his team, which beat Barcelona to the La Liga title this season.
Should he do so, reports have claimed that Mourinho will put aside £30m for Ramires, 25.
Ramires has perhaps been the most consistent performer at Chelsea this term, a player who has adapted well to life in the Premier League and who’s box to box midfield style has resulted in the scoring of crucial goals and added a steely guile to the Blues first team.
Jose Mourinho may feel that a player of this type could further improve a Real Madrid side who romped to the La Liga title and ended Barcelona’s stranglehold in the process.
Ramires cost Chelsea £19.8m in August 2010 and has become a hugely important player for the West London side and surely a player that Roman Abramovich is not willing to sell, least of all to former Blues boss Mourinho.
This source suggests that Mourinho would be willing to pay up to £30m for the 25 year old former Benfica man and toys with the idea that the offer of Gonzalo Higuain could play a part in any advance for the Brazilian international. Whilst the West London club would well do with a striker of the Argentine’s credentials it’s unlikely they would allow one of their most in-form players to leave as part of any deal to sign the Real Madrid striker.
Chelsea could lose both Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou in the summer, both players will see their contracts come to an end, and with Fernando Torres still yet to justify his £50m price tag and with Daniel Sturridge seemingly working more effectively in a wide role, there may be room and a need for a new front-man.