CHELSEA are ready to part ways with Real Madrid target Ramires in order to fund a move for Everton star Ross Barkley.
Various reports claim that Jose Mourinho is set to lock horns with Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini this January in an attempt to land Roberto Martinez’s £50million star man, but with Financial Fair Play rules now imposed by UEFA, both Premier League teams will have to move on a player if they want to land Barkley without getting in hot water.
And Chelsea could jump to the front of the queue after it emerged that Champions League winners Real want to bring Brazil international Ramires to the Santiago Bernabeu in January.
Carlo Ancelotti, who signed the 27-year-old for the Blues during his time at Stamford Bridge, believes Ramires would beef up his star-studded midfield, allowing the likes of Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo to push even further forward in attack.
The ex-Benfica player has started just two games under Mourinho this season, with the partnership of Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic keeping him out of the side, and Ramires could jump at the chance to try his luck in La Liga.
Chelsea are understood to want at least £25million for the ankle-biter, allowing them to prepare an opening £30million bid for Barkley, who is believed to favour a move to west London over Manchester.