Ramires joins Chelsea for £18.2m

Chelsea signed Brazil midfielder Ramires from Benfica today for £18.2m after the player was granted a work permit.

The 23-year-old, who helped Benfica win the Liga ZON Sagres last season, signed a four-year deal with The Blues after successfully completing a medical.

‘Every player in the world would love to play for Chelsea and it's a great opportunity that was given to me. I will give my best to repay this chance and I am very happy,’ Ramires told the Chelsea website.

The defensive midfielder becomes Chelsea’s second signing of the summer following the arrival of Yossi Benayoun from Liverpool.

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