Ramires set to sign

Image: Ramires: Work permit issues

Chelsea are closing on the capture of Ramires, with the midfielder all set to complete a protracted move.

Blues close on deal for Samba star

Chelsea are closing on the capture of Ramires, with the midfielder all set to complete a protracted move. The Blues have spent the past week locked in negotiations as they attempt to bring the Brazilian to Stamford Bridge. They are now a step closer to achieving that target, with only a few minor formalities still to be put in place. Ramires is set to move to the reigning Premier League champions from Portuguese giants Benfica, in a deal thought to be worth around £17million. The Blues have been forced to be patient in their efforts to bring the 23-year-old on board, with numerous obstacles placed in their path. Reaching an agreement with Benfica was only the first step in a saga which has dragged on for well over a fortnight.

Future

Work permit issues proved to be a major sticking point, with Ramires having not played the required 75 per cent of international matches for his country. However, that matter has now been resolved and the Samba star, who passed a medical earlier in the week, has arrived back in England. It is expected that he will put the finishing touches to his switch by the close of play on Friday. "Ramires is doing medical tests again and we hope that he will sign a contract," said Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti. "I hope he will sign soon. He is a fantastic player. He will be the future of the Brazil national team and I hope he will be the future of Chelsea."

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