Midfielder Ramires is set to join the Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning to link up with former Chelsea man Dan Petrescu. There’s rumours he could be closely followed by French striker Loic Remy, as the champions gear up for a busy final week of the transfer window.
The Brazil international will become the most expensive player in Chinese football history if he completes the move.
Ramires who was a £25 million signing from Benfica way back in 2010, has not started a Premier League match under the interim manager Guus Hiddink, and was not even included among the substitutes for the draw with Everton and Sunday’s win at Arsenal.
He only signed a four-year contract at Stamford Bridge in October, but having slipped down the pecking order is now being offered a deal of similar duration by Jiangsu.
The Chinese club, coached by the former Chelsea player Dan Petrescu, will pay an initial £25 million for the 28-year-old. Their squad are at a training camp in Malaga and Ramires could join his new team- mates in Spain before they return to China.
Ramires has started only 7 league games this season, his last appearance for the Blues 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.