Chelsea Poised To Sign Brazil Star Ramires
Wednesday, 4th August 2010 at 09:34am
Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea have made a move to sign Brazilian midfield star Ramires from Benfica.
It is believed that the clubs have agreed on a fee of 17 million for the 23-year-old who will undergo a medical with Chelsea medical staff today.
Ramires has been capped by Brazil 16 times since making his debut in 2009 and Chelsea officials expect a four-year deal for the right midfielder to be completed by the end of the week, although it would be unlikely that he would be eligible to appear in Sunday's curtain raiser at Wembley, the Community Shield against Manchester United because of work permit issues.
After some impressive performances in South Africa, Ramires drew praise from then coach Dunga and the player was thought to be the subject of interest from Manchester City.
If the transfer is completed, Portuguese champions Benfica will have to pay Kia Joorabchian, the man who brought Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to West Ham United, 6 million as it was he who part-financed the rising star's move to Benfica from Brazilian club Cruzeiro.
The Brazilian will be a valuable addition to the Chelsea squad looking to bolster its options in midfield following the departure of Joe Cole, Michael Ballack and Deco at the end of last season.