Carlo Ancelotti seals deal to bring Benfica youngster to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are set to complete the signing of Brazil international midfielder Ramires from Benfica on Friday.
The 23-year-old midfielder, who is undergoing a medical test, will cost the English champions about £17m.
“He is a fantastic player,” said Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti. “He will be the future of the Brazil national team and I hope the future of Chelsea.”
Ramires, 23, joined the Portuguese giants last summer for £6.2m from Cruzeiro and has 16 caps for Brazil.
His move to Chelsea was agreed almost two weeks ago but was delayed as club representatives endeavoured to secure a work permit.
It was finally granted despite the fact that Ramires has not played the required 75% of matches for his country.
The Brazilian will become the second player to join Carlo Ancelotti’s squad this summer following the arrival of Yossi Benayoun from Liverpool.
Ramires, whose full name is Ramires Santos do Nascimento, was praised by Brazil boss Dunga after strong displays in the opening stage of the World Cup in South Africa.
If the deal goes through as expected, Benfica will have to repay £6m to sports entrepreneur Kia Joorabchian who part-financed the player’s transfer from Cruzeiro to the Portuguese club. (BBC Sport)
So there you have it. Chelsea have signed a very hot prospect and one who can help build for the future as the Premier League champions look to reverse the ageing nature of their Stamford Bridge side. The down side is that some of the cash goes to that footballing parasite Kia Joorabchian, such is life I guess.
The 23 year old looked pretty solid in the World Cup and has the makings of a very talented midfielder and is reportedly signing a four year deal at the west London club.