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# ramires - Wednesday 28 March, 2018

Former England and Real Madrid manager's stint in China has come to an end

Fabio Capello has denied interest in the vacant post at the Italian national team.

# ramires - Friday 23 December, 2016

Oscar and the top 5 most expensive signings in the history of Chinese football

The Brazil international’s record-breaking move to Asia was confirmed earlier today.

# ramires - Sunday 7 February, 2016

Money, ambition, intent: China's football revolution & the wider implications for the sport

In just two weeks, the country has broken its transfer record three times and has signed some in-demand players at their peak.

# ramires - Wednesday 3 February, 2016

Chinese club sign Atletico star in record-breaking €42 million deal

It is the second time a historic deal has been made over the past week.

# ramires - Wednesday 27 January, 2016

Why has Chelsea's Ramires moved to China? We can think of 25 million reasons

The 28-year-old Brazilian international has agreed to join Jiangsu Suning.

# ramires - Saturday 31 October, 2015

Chelsea started brilliantly before being pegged back at the Bridge

The sides are facing-off in today’s lunchtime kick-off.

# ramires - Saturday 26 September, 2015

Mourinho slams Chelsea stars: They were -1 out of 10

The 52-year-old lambasted his players for their disappointing first-half display.

# ramires - Wednesday 24 June, 2015

The top 5 best and worst Brazilians to play in the Premier League

Some samba stars have proved more of a success than others during their time in England.

# ramires - Monday 4 May, 2015

One of Chelsea's key men has spoken about being rushed to hospital yesterday

Ramires had an issue with his kidney.

# ramires - Thursday 24 April, 2014

Ramires banned for the rest of the Premier League season Crime And Punishment This post contains videos

Ramires banned for the rest of the Premier League season

Brazilian accepts four-game ban after FA charge him with violent conduct.

# ramires - Friday 28 March, 2014

Mourinho will blame ref if Chelsea fail in title bid

“What happened in the defeat at Villa I never accept,” the Chelsea manager said.

# ramires - Saturday 15 March, 2014

'I prefer not to comment' - Jose Mourinho was not happy after Chelsea lost to Aston Villa

“If I speak I am big trouble,” the coach told Sky, before saying plenty.

Chelsea's title hopes take a big blow as they lose to Villa

Chelsea were ultimately reduced to nine men as their title challenge suffered a big blow.

# ramires - Sunday 29 December, 2013

5 talking points ahead of today's Chelsea-Liverpool game

We assess a potentially key game in the title race, which takes place this afternoon.

# ramires - Sunday 10 March, 2013

Man City await as United and Chelsea deliver enthralling draw

Four lovely goals were shared this afternoon and a replay at Stamford Bridge awaits.

VIDEO: Chelsea uncork 2 fabulous goals to earn draw with United The Levellers This post contains videos

VIDEO: Chelsea uncork 2 fabulous goals to earn draw with United

Eden Hazard showed Alex Ferguson what he missed out on last summer.

As it happened: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup Liveblog This post contains videos

As it happened: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup

Hernandez and Rooney had United flying but Chelsea had some spectacular goals in response.

# ramires - Sunday 25 November, 2012

Opinion: Chelsea should be docked points for Clattenburg accusations

Their behaviour, and subsequent refusal to apologise for it, warrants a severe punishment, writes Paul Fennessy.

# ramires - Tuesday 11 September, 2012

VIDEO: All eight of Brazil’s goals from their friendly flaying of China Rout This post contains videos

VIDEO: All eight of Brazil’s goals from their friendly flaying of China

Neymar bagged a hat-trick and there were goals for two of Chelsea’s Brazilian stars.

# ramires - Sunday 8 January, 2012

FA Cup round-up: Chelsea go through as McClean stars for Sunderland

Chelsea, Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday all followed Manchester United into the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

# ramires - Thursday 5 August, 2010

WITH LESS THAN FOUR weeks to go until the closure of the transfer window – keeping those poor millionaire footballers tied to their current employers for a savage four whole months – it can be difficult to keep up with all the wheeling and dealing.

That’s why we’ve done you a favour by grabbing all the rumours, conjecture, and downright lies circulating the interwebs to bring you a concise, hit-by-hit list of what’s going on in the transfer world.

We’re nice, aren’t we?

  • Manchester City’s international exile Stephen Ireland is linked with a move to Aston Villa; Martin O’Neill is said to be a big fan of the Corkman and is prepared to swap James Milner to take command of him.
    There’s just one problem though – the serial granny-worrier isn’t prepared to take a pay cut, being on over £3m a year, and Villa aren’t necessarily all that keen on forking out quite so much.
  • One of the reasons Ireland is being shunted away from Eastlands is because City are trying to free up cash for the transfer of Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli. Similarly, though, pay is an issue for Balotelli too.
    City have no problem handing over the £25m to sign him, but the Italian wants £180,000 – that’s €215,000, almost as much as Brian Cowen gets in a year – per week, and won’t budge on his demands. City, unsurprisingly, aren’t keen.
  • Spartak Moscow fans, meanwhile, are angry at how much their club are willing to pay for Ireland international Aiden McGeady, who’s in town to agree a transfer from Celtic.
    It’s believed Spartak would destroy their wage structure, prepared to offer him almost €50,000 a week, and fans aren’t sure he’s worth the club’s money. Predictably, they’ve apparently named him… McGreedski.
  • Tottenham are said to be in a bidding war with Newcastle for Sporting Lisbon forward Yannick Djalo – guess who’s going to win there. Interestingly, though, that’d be another person competing against Robbie Keane for a starting berth.
  • Fresh from scoring seven at the Aviva last night, Manchester United are willing to hand over Anderson in exchange for Lassana Diarra from Real Madrid, who – like most of their current roster – is surplus to requirements. Young Senegalese man Mame Biram Diouf is on his way out of Old Trafford after just one year – though only temporarily, apparently being loaned to Blackburn.
  • Champions Chelsea, meanwhile, are about to finalise the purchase of Brazilian midfielder Ramires pending his medical which could be held as quickly as this evening.

# ramires - Tuesday 3 August, 2010

PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS Chelsea are on the verge of securing the signature of Brazilian World Cup midfielder Ramires from Benfica for a fee of about £17m (€20.5m).

The 23-year-old is understood to be scheduled for a medical at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, and to be signed up for a four-year deal.

The BBC reports that the transfer is somewhat complicated, however, by the fact that his current club Benfica only own 50% of the player, with a British consortium owning the other 50% in a deal similar to those of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano.

The owners are believed to include controversial businessman Kia Joorabchian – who was involved in the Tevez-Mascherano saga.

“Ramires staying doesn’t depend solely on us,” The Sun quotes Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira as saying.

“There is a partnership and we must respect that. If there is a good proposal, we will do everything we can to make it work for us.”

Ramires was left out of the club’s 4-1 pre-season win over Aston Villa on Sunday as negotiations conintued.

The tough-tackling midfielder won praise from national coach Dunga after impressive appearances as a substitute in Brazil’s World Cup group games.

Ramirez joins a Chelsea squad that already includes Michael Essien, Frank Lamoard, Yossi Benayoun, John Obi Mikel, Florent Malouda, Nemanja Matic and Scott Sinclair vying for midfield berths.

Ramires would become the 29th member of the squad, with coach Carlo Ancelotti required to register a maximum of 25 players for Premier League competition before the end of the month.