Real Madrid are currently struggling for depth in the midfield and the club has planned a January swoop for Chelsea’s Ramires to strengthen this area of concern.

Real Madrid sold Angel Di Maria to Manchester United and Xabi Alonso to Bayern Munich during the summer transfer window and Carlo Ancelotti is struggling to find a right balance in the midfield at the moment. President Florentino Perez is well aware of this problem and has planned a January swoop for Brazilian international Ramires.

Meanwhile, reports coming from London have also confirmed the interest of Real Madrid in the Chelsea player. The Daily Mirror report claims that: “Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is chasing Chelsea midfielder Ramires. Ex-Blues manager Ancelotti has identified the Brazilian international as the man he wants to bolster Real Madrid’s midfield. Real would have to pay around £25million for the 27-year-old, but Ancelotti believes they need more strength and depth in midfield.”

James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos have replaced Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso in the midfield for Real Madrid this season but they both are struggling to settle down at the moment. The trio of Modric, Kroos and James has failed to provide the cover to their struggling defence, the area which was covered extremely well by Xabi Alonso earlier, and that is the key reason behind Real Madrid’s interest in hard working Ramires. Interestingly, Carlo Ancelotti was the manager when Chelsea signed Ramires in 2010.

The Real Madrid management feels that an offer of 25 million euros would be sufficient to lure the Chelsea management to sale the player but Jose Mourinho will play a key role in deciding the future of Ramires.

The Chelsea boss considers Ramires as a key component of his squad and is unlikely to grant the sale, at least until he gets a quality replacement.

Another factor which is likely to decide the future of this transfer of Ramires is the injury status and contract situation of Sami Khedira. The German midfielder has spent majority of last 16 months on the dressing table and this has forced Real Madrid management to look elsewhere.

The contract of Khedira with Real Madrid runs only until 30th June 2014 and no progress has been made over the extension of the same so far. Reports coming from Spain have claimed that the Real Madrid management has decided to wait until he completely recovers from the injury to open new contract talks.