Ramires nearing Chelsea switch

By on August 4, 2010

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Written by Ross Mackiewicz.

Brazilian international Ramires is edging ever closer to his move to Chelsea. The Benfica ace has been heavily linked with a number of clubs since the conclusion of his debut season for the Portuguese giants where they captured the domestic league championship.

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Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that he is anticipating a deal to be concluded for the 23 year old but insists that nothing is set in stone as yet.

“I will speak about Ramires when Ramires will be a Chelsea player.” Ancelotti told Sky Sports News.

“Until now, he is not a Chelsea player. We hope, but until now nothing is decided.”

The domestic double winners are looking to bolster their squad after the departure of Michael Ballack and see Ramires as a readymade replacement. He figured four times for his country in South Africa’s World Cup and picked up two yellow cards.

It is believed that the deal to take the Brazilian to Stamford Bridge is around £17million. A potential stumbling block however is that he is owned 50% by a third party. Due to Premier League rules, all twenty football clubs in England’s top flight must have sole ownership of their players.

Benfica’s president  Luis Filipe Vieira reiterated the decision over a deal doesn’t solely rely on the football club:

“Ramires staying doesn’t depend solely on us. There is a partnership and we must respect that. If there is a good proposal, we will do everything we can to make it work for us. We are prepared for everything and have options to fill all the positions to make sure we strengthen.” said Vieira.

What do you think of the potential move? Is Ramires ready for the step-up to the English champions? Let us know.

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