It’s become a bit of transfer market habit for our midfielder and engine to be linked with a move away from the club. But this time, the silliest and most cockamamie rumor actually came to fruition, as Chelsea have confirmed the sale of Ramires Santos do Nascimento to Chinese Super League club, Jiangsu Suning.
Reports have suggested that the purchase price is around the 25 million Pounds (32 million Euros), which would make Ramires the most expensive player to be ever sold to China, and also the fourth most expensive player that Chelsea ever sold, after David Geezer Luiz, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku. We had acquired the midfielder in the summer of 2010 for a slightly lower fee, which means that we’ve actually made something of a theoretical profit with Ramires.
Ramires joins the likes of former Chelsea striker, Demba Ba and former Arsenal winger, Gervinho on the list of international players to have been wooed by the riches of China, with massive investments by the government to popularize the beautiful game in the world’s most populous nation.
The Brazilian’s five and a half years in Chelsea blue have seen personal and collective ups and downs, the “up-est” moment undoubtedly being his goal at the Camp Nou against Barcelona in 2012, which helped us win the first and only Champions League trophy. Over his time here, Ramires has been the kind of player who could be a ten one game and then completely invisible in the next, which was both exciting and frustrating (mostly frustrating) for us fans. But if one thing is to be said about Ramires, it’s that he never stopped trying and always ran his heart out for the club. He leaves having won every possible trophy (aside from the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup) and at 28 years of age, it seems like a good time to sell, but it will hurt us fans nonetheless to see one more of the heros of the “Road to Munich, 2012” leave SW6.
We’ll leave you with Ramires greatest Chelsea moment, have fun running up and down the whole length of the wall of China, Rambo.