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Real Madrid Determined To Sign Chelsea Star As Ancelotti Demands Midfield Reinforcements

Ramires remains a January transfer target for Real Madrid.

Real Madrid are still determined to make Chelsea midfielder Ramires their big signing of the January transfer window, report the Mirror, despite the Blues having made it clear when Real came calling in the summer that it would take a huge fee to prise the Brazilian away from Stamford Bridge, even if he is not guaranteed a place in manager Jose Mourinho’s starting XI every week.

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Real manager Carlo Ancelotti seems to have identified a lack of steel in central midfield as one of the reasons for their early season hiccups, with La Liga defeats to Real Sociedad and rivals Atletico Madrid having caused serious discord at the Bernabeu ahead of emphatic victories over FC Basel and Deportivo la Coruna in the last week.

Ramires would certainly fit the bill if Real are looking to add physicality, with Ramires’ strength and pace his biggest attributes – manager Jose Mourinho has largely seen the Brazilian as a player to be used in big games and when his side are counter attacking since he returned to the club 12 months ago.

Ramires, however, is well liked at Stamford Bridge and has been largely successful since his move from Benfica four years ago, meaning that they are likely to demand a fee of at least £25 million if they are to sell the Brazilian international to La Liga.

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