Brazil Star Ramires Will Sign For Chelsea Soon, £17m Fee Rumoured

Ollie Irish

3rd, August 2010


By Ollie Irish

Chelsea are closing in on the signing of young Brazil star Ramires. A deal for the highly rated Benfica midfielder should be signed and sealed by the end of the week, subject to a medical.

With Yossi Benayoun in for Joe Cole, Ramires would fill the Michael Ballack-shaped hole at the Bridge, even if he’s more of a destructive midfielder than the German.

The fee? Reports claim Chelsea will pay as much as £17m for the 23-year-old but I doubt it would take quite that much to persuade Benfica to sell.

There is a catch: Ramires is part-owned by businessman Kia Joorabchian (yes, him again) and Chelsea would have to strike a deal that complies with the Premier League rules, which outlaw third-party ownership of players.

Benfica president Luis Felipe Vieira said: “Ramires staying at Benfica does not depend solely on us. We have a partner and we must respect the contracts.”

From what I saw of Ramires at the World Cup, Chelsea are onto a winner here. I thought he looked a triffic player, and pretty much the complete central midfielder in the making.

So, Chelsea for the title again? Yeah, looks that way.

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  1. perry says:

    hopefully we will also sign another striker in the form of neymar or aguero.
    i would have loved to have seen luis fabiano at spurs though, shame that didn’t happen.

  2. dan says:

    benfica wont let him go that cheap, he has a huge release clause, just like coentrao, david luiz and cardozo

  3. J says:

    It’s a shame if he goes (specially for such small fee). I’m an SL Benfica fan and he was one of the reasons we were champions last year. The thing is, he never actually played as a central midfielder, even though he is able to, and always on one of the sides. Overall one of the most complete players out there, concerning attack and defense mindeness.

  4. Ping Yang says:

    I do hope he signs for us. Ollie is spot on, I thought exactly the same thing, Benayoun in for Joe Cole, and Ramires in for Ballack. I think he would be perfect for the void left behind by Michael. I was sad to see him go but I think he left at the perfect time. Hopefully we sign him and get another utility man or midfielder in for Belletti and a good striker. I thought Deco would leave but I think he has one more good season left before we ship himb back to Brazil. AND get rid of Carvalho buy someone younger and make Alex the new centre back.

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