Real Madrid are ready to exchange Sami Khedira for Chelsea midfielder Ramires, according to reports in Spain.
As highlighted by Jack Wilson of the Daily Star, the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United could miss out on Khedira’s services if he is used as a makeweight in any deal for the Blues’ Brazilian star:
Khedira interested Manchester United and Arsenal over the summer and is understood to be unhappy at the Bernabeu.
The 26-year-old German international recently hit out at Madrid and accused them of making him a scapegoat.
He's also registered his disappointment at the sale of Mesut Ozil.
Khedira worked well with Mourinho during the Portuguese manager’s time at the Bernabeu. He continues to play an important role under Carlo Ancelotti, who has started the 26-year-old in 12 games this season, per WhoScored.
Madrid’s new boss appears to be building a side that focuses on entertaining, heart-in-your-mouth football, as noted in Los Blancos’ recent 7-3 win over Sevilla.
While the defensive prowess of Khedira provides decent balance to a side that includes Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, Ramires’ explosive running capabilities are perhaps a better fit with Ancelotti’s style in mind.
Ramires' versatility and ability to shift through the gears would aid the Spanish club's counterattacking style further still. Capable of playing anywhere in midfield and behind the forward line, his mobility would be key to progressing Madrid’s offensive momentum.
As confirmed in Wilson’s report, Ancelotti’s time spent with Ramires during his Chelsea tenure may also strengthen the chances of a deal:
Ramires, 26, has admitted that being linked with Madrid was "good for the ego" but insists he's happy at Stamford Bridge.
Ancelotti was impressed by Ramires during his Stamford Bridge reign and is willing to sacrifice Khedira to get him.
Khedira's potential move to London could spell the end for players such as John Obi Mikel and Michael Essien.
Neither have managed to hold down a first-team place this season and, with Khedira patrolling the midfield, even Mourinho’s rotation policy will struggle to fit them in.
With Andre Schurrle already at the club and Mesut Ozil receiving rave reviews for Arsenal, Khedira could be the next German star to outline his quality in the Premier League.