With Brazil’s World Cup star Ramires set to join Chelsea upon completion of a medical, Carlo Ancelotti is expected to turn his attentions to Ramires’ compatriot, the highly-rated Santos forward Neymar da Silva. Ancelotti is overseeing a bit of a Fergusonesque revolution at Stamford Bridge, clearing out some of Chelsea’s aging first teamers, and looking to replace them with some fresh blood.
The Italian has already rid Chelsea of Joe Cole, Michael Ballack, Juliano Belletti, Deco and Ricardo Carvalho (average age: 32) and Neymar, at 18, would be the perfect signing for a new wave of Chelsea players. Roman Abramovich has decided to step up his pursuit of the player, after Sir Alex Ferguson’s repeated claims that he will make “Ney mar signings” after Chris Smalling and Javier Hernández, although this is thought to be a misunderstanding of the Glaswegian dialect.
The youngster scored on his international debut for Brazil on Tuesday against the USA, and former Brazil coach Dunga was heavily criticised for his omission of Neymar from Brazil’s World Cup squad in the summer. Chelsea’s chief scout, Michael Emenalo, watched the friendly in New Jersey, in the company of notorious cancer of football Pini Zahavi.
Chelsea are thought to have had a £17million bid turned down earlier in the summer, and Santos may be holding out for Neymar’s buy-out clause of £29.6million. The Brazilian press have reported that a meeting has been held in New York between representatives of Santos and Chelsea in order to thrash out a deal.
The signings of Ramires and Neymar may reinforce the optimism of Chelsea’s fans, as they have sat relatively quiet so far in this transfer window, after failing to land the she-man that is Fernando Torres. So far, they have brought in only Yossi Benayoun, a former squad player from England’s seventh best team, and the acquisition of two of Brazil’s biggest prospects would represent a real statement of intent from Chelsea, who begin their defence of the Premiership title at home to West Brom on Saturday (although neither transfer is expected to go through in time for the big kick-off).
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