Chelsea Linked With £20m Bid For Brazilian Midfielder
Written by Football Talk.
Chelsea have been linked with a £20m move for Benfica and Brazil midfielder Ramires, according the the Daily Mail. The Blues are hoping to tie-up a quick deal for the 23-year-old to head off interest from Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
Ramires enjoyed an impressive first season with Benfica, winning a league and cup double, and earned himself a surprise call-up to the Brazilian World Cup squad after his dogged displays and tireless work ethic caught Dunga’s eye.
Chelsea made initial enquiries about him before the World Cup and have apparently followed up with a firm offer. Ramires claims he is aware of interest and it would be a ‘dream’ to play for a club like Chelsea:
Ramires said: ‘My agent has told me that a number of clubs are interested in signing me. We all know that the World Cup is the perfect stage to prove your worth. It would be a dream for me to play for a big club such as Barcelona, Real Madrid or Chelsea.’
Carlo Ancelotti is desperate to strengthen his midfield after losing Joe Cole, Deco and Michael Ballack over the summer. His only addition so far has been Yossi Benayoun and Ramires would provide the Italian with options as he can play in various positions, although he was predominantly a right-sided midfielder for Benfica last season.
It remains to be seen if these reports have any substance, but as always, take transfer rumours with a pinch of salt as they can be hazardous to your health!
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