Real Madrid are desperately looking to bolstering their midfielder this summer and according to reports in Spain Carlo Ancelotti has earmarked Chelsea star Ramires as one of his prime targets.
After Sami Khedira suffered a long-term injury earlier in the season, Angel di Maria had to fill his vacant role despite being a winger.
Even though some reports keep claiming Real Madrid's main summer target is Luis Suarez, Ancelotti's top priority is to sign a midfielder – but will only try to sign the Liverpool striker should Karim Benzema leave the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madric have also been linked with Manchester United target Tony Kroos and Juventus duo Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal.
But with the Italian giant unwilling to negotiate a deal for both players and with Kroos ready to stay at Bayern until his contract expires next summer, Marca claims that Los Blancos have targeted Ramires as an alternative.
According to Marca, Ancelotti suggested signing Ramires to Florentino Perez during a meeting just six days after winning their tenth Champions League – as the pair were planning the forthcoming season with Chief Executive José Ángel Sánchez.
The Italian coach signed the Brazilian international for Chelsea in 2010, paying Benfica around £17m to secure his services.
The midfielder has since become a key player for the west London club, playing under Ancelotti himself, Roberto Di Matteo, Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho.
Given his close relationship with the Portuguese boss, it looks unlikely Chelsea will accept to part company with Ramires, but with both Tiago and Cesc Fabregas reportedly close to completing their move to Chelsea the Brazilian international may consider a move away to play for the Champions League champions.
Ancelotti recently revealed they were considering adding a midfielder to the squad, even though they will not make any signing before the World Cup ends.
"I think we've got to remember that this season we were without Khedira, who has recovered well and will be back with us. The level of the central midfielders will improve with his return. Then we'll see. He's a great player"