In some great news for Chelsea fans it looks like the Blues will have another classy Brazilian in the team next season. It is being reported that Benfica have acepted an £18.3million bid from Chelsea for Ramires.
Goal reported today: The Aguias have now apparently changed their mind though, as a report in Record suggests that Benfica have reached an agreement with English powerhouse Chelsea over the transfer of the former Cruzeiro star. The Blues will reportedly pay a fee of €22 million (£18.3m) to secure the services of the Brazil international.
Benfica recently sold 50 per cent of the player’s rights to an investment group for a fee of €6m (£5m), meaning that they will only get just over £9m of the fee Chelsea pay. However, they only paid a reported £5.8m fee to Cruzeiro for the player a year ago, and will thus still make a £8.3m profit on the young midfielder.
Ramires was left out of Benfica’s starting XI in their 4-1 friendly win against Aston Villa on Sunday, in order not to take any unnecessary risks with the upcoming transfer in the back of their minds.
Both clubs involved in the transfer have yet to confirm the transfer, but an official statement from Benfica is expected to be released later on Monday.
I was extremely disappointed when Chelsea failed in their bid for Robinho last season, but that looks like a blessing in disguise now. Let’s hope Ramires is a more sensible genius!
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