Carlo confirms Ramires chase

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Carlo Ancelotti is hopeful of bringing Ramires to Chelsea, but says nothing is yet set in stone.

Blues boss insists nothing has been decided on Brazil midfielder

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed he is hopeful of bringing Ramires to Stamford Bridge, but insists nothing is yet set in stone. Brazil international Ramires has been strongly linked with a move away from current club Benfica this summer, and Ancelotti has made the 23-year-old a target following the departures of midfielders Joe Cole and Michael Ballack. The Premier League champions are reportedly looking to complete the deal before the end of the week, and are understood to be willing to pay around £17million for the midfield ace. Ramires is due to undergo a medical at Chelsea in the coming days, but Ancelotti is keeping quiet over the potential signing, insisting the move has not yet been finalised.

Hopeful

"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." When asked whether Ramires could sign with the Blues before the weekend, Ancelotti again refused to be drawn, adding: "I don't know." Ramires is part-owned by a businessman and Chelsea would have to strike a deal that complies with the Premier League regulations, which outlaw third-party ownership of players.

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