In The News: One In, One Out

It looks as if Deco has made his last appearance in a Chelsea shirt with news of a transfer to Fluminense all but completed.

The Brazilian club announced on their official website the 32 year old Portuguese international will sign a two year deal and be officially unveiled on Monday.

Deco had earlier commented to the Brazilian media that; “Chelsea have chosen not to speak to the press until the end of negotiations. All I am waiting on is a fax to close the deal with Fluminense.”

Deco joined from Barcelona in the summer of 2008 and leaves having won two FA Cups and one Premier League title. Whilst never hitting the heights of his Barcelona days due mainly to injury, we thank him for his contribution and wish him well.

So as one leaves, another looks set to replace him with only a medical and contract to sign after a fee of around £17million was finally agreed with Benfica for Brazilian international, Ramires.

It’s understood that the primary hold up on the deal was the amount due to the third party owners of Ramires, namely Kia Joorabchian, who helped deliver Ramires to Benfica in the first place. With strict Premiership rules on third party ownership, it was essential that this side of the deal was in order with Chelsea owning 100% of the players’ contract.

The deal is still subject to a medical and conditional on Ramires being granted a work permit, which is far from guaranteed as he as yet doesn’t meet the minimum requirements, so an appeal may well be necessary which could delay the deal further.

In Ramires we will be getting an immense player, but we’ll not jump the gun just yet, and will give you the full run down once we see him posing for the obligatory shirt pictures.

In other news, the Ashley Cole to Madrid stories persist with Carlo having to repeat almost daily that he’s going nowhere, as is another player thought to be their chief bargaining chip in the now injured Kaka.

According to the Spanish Sport, Kaka had been given the green light by Real Madrid to leave the club, they claim that Ancelotti met with Kaka and had persuaded him to move to Stamford Bridge, with Roman ready to fund a Premiership record transfer.

With the injury and subsequent operation putting Kaka out for months, the deal fell through.

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