Ramires close to leaving Chelsea in £25m move to China
By Jefferson Lake
Last Updated: 25/01/16 2:49pm
Chelsea midfielder Ramires is close to joining Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning for £25m, according to Sky sources.
Ramires has been with the Blues since 2010, when the club paid £19.8m for his services from Benfica, and only signed a new four-year contract in October.
The 28-year-old has started 15 first-team games for Chelsea this season, scoring three goals, but he has found first-team opportunities under interim manager Guus Hiddink hard to come by.
His last appearance was in the 2-0 win over Scunthorpe in the FA Cup earlier this month and he is yet to appear in the Premier League since the goalless draw at Manchester United on December 28.
If he does make the switch to Jiangsu Suning, Ramires will be managed by another former Chelsea player in Dan Petrescu.
Former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho is also currently playing in China for ex-Blues boss Felipe Scolari at Guangzhou Evergrande.