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Chelsea signs £17m Brazilian star

With Joe Cole, Michael Ballack and Deco all saying their goodbyes at Stanford Bridge this summer, it's been a question of when and not if, Carlo Ancelloti would be signing some midfielders to replace them.

According to the BBC, the first of these generals is Brazilian Ramires who has put pen to paper in a £17m deal pending a medical today. 23 year old Ramires has played nearly 20 games for his country and featured in Dunga’s World Cup group stages.

Ramires comes from Benfica where he signed for £6.25m a year ago. He’s expected to play on the right side of midfield.

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