It’s taken Real Madrid just three weeks to realise that selling Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso without sourcing replacements of similar quality wasn’t the brightest idea.
With only four world-class central-midfielders in their ranks until January, they’re spread thin in this department, but have targeted Chelsea’s Ramires to bolster their ranks.
A Los Blancos delegation armed with an attaché case loaded with £25m is hopeful of negotiating a deal for the Stamford Bridge favourite and, despite the prominent place he commands in the Blues’ first-team, cashing in is the course of action they should take.
The money Chelsea demand for outgoings of international standard makes it worth their while.
Using the £37m they made on unwanted Juan Mata and the £50m on equally under-appreciated David Luiz as the yard stick, they’ll be able to prise much more than the mooted opening gambit out of Real.
With their striking options far from plentiful, freeing up some extra liquidity to beef up their artillery would enhance their chances of winning the Premier League, a feat they’re currently priced at 13/20 to achieve.
The former Benfica man has hardly been a fixture in the Chelsea side this term.
Lacking the passing prowess of Cesc Fabregas and not quite as physically domineering as Nemanja Matic, the Blue Kenyan is something of a Jack-of-all-trades.
The contrasting talents of this duo perfectly compliment one another in the heart of the west Londoners’ midfield and, when fit, they’ll be the starting pair this season.
Selling Ramires will allow for the indoctrination of some of the many talented young midfielders Chelsea stock.
Nathan Ake, Lewis Baker and Nathaniel Chalobah all have the potential to be superstars, but run the risk of following the Josh McEachran fast-track to obscurity staying at the Bridge.
Chalobah is currently embarking on the umpteeth loan spell of his career, but the other two remain on the fringes of the first-team and are both capable of covering for the incumbent centre-mid starters if the Blues choose to part company with Ramires.