Real Madrid starting bidding wars with Chelsea? Who thought that this would not occur considering who the new coach is and the histories of both clubs in the past six years in the transfer market.
The latest rumor is that Chelsea not only want to splash out almost fifty million pounds for Real Madrid Right-Back Sergio Ramos, but that they would triple his current pay, TRIPLE. That would be a staggering sum of money to pay some one, but remember, this is only the latest in the transfer war salvos being shot.
When Jose Mourinho took over Real Madrid, he declared that he wanted to pry Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole away from Chelsea, two of the most outstanding players on the squad that are currently playing for the Three Lions.
To add to the intrigue, Carlo Ancelotti wants to add his former play-maker and prodigy Kaka do the English Double winning side for next season. Soon, Gonzalo Higuain's name came up as a swap as well.
Now it is Sergio Ramos for cash and Chelsea's other imperious fullback in Jose Bosingwa.
Oh, and let us not forget about the Robinho fiasco just a few seasons ago, where Chelsea began selling his jersey and in a fit (a profitable one) Real Madrid sold him to Manchester City.
So with all these rumors swirling and agents saying that they are not actually saying anything, who actually benefits from a swap?
Chelsea definitely need a playmaker like Kaka to add some creative flair and finer passing to their otherwise imposing midfield.
Real Madrid need a box-to-box midfielder that can tackle and make deep runs in support of the attack, something that Lampard might be the best in the world at.
Higuain is almost always treated poorly by Real Madrid's upper echelons for reasons unknown and is surrounded by other attacking players, so him leaving would not be too far of a stretch.
Likewise, Ashley Cole's personal situation and a chance to play in a new environment away from that may see him off to the Spanish capital.
But switching Ramos and Bosingwa? Is there even a tactical advantage for either club?
Both love to bomb down the wings and act as an extra attacker. Both are adept at locking down on opposing players as well; though Ramos has shown to be slightly more vulnerable than Bosingwa.
On the offensive end, Ramos has shown to be a better passer and goal scorer as opposed to marauding and crossing like Bosingwa.
Perhaps this is the reason that Ancelotti wants Ramos, and why Mourinho wants Bosingwa.
Ramos is the passer and controller that Ancelotti wants from a full-back to give both width and incisive passing that his side lacks for the continent.
Bosingwa provides a more physical presence than Ramos and adds steel and strength that Real Madrid's squad lacked against their arch-rivals Barcelona time and time again the past two seasons.
Only the highest levels of each club know if these swaps are even possible, but at the very least we know that there are some tactical advantages for each side.
While the World Cup may be off to a lackluster start, the transfer window is definitely shaping up to be extraordinarily exciting.