Rumours have broken that Chelsea’s brazilian midfielder Ramires could be off to the Chinese Super League to join Jiangsu Suning in a £25m deal.
Chelsea fans don’t seem to be jumping at the prospect, however, who could say no to £25m for a player that is no longer able to hold a regular starting spot in this season’s disappointing Chelsea side.
Ramires so far this season has played in 12 games, only managing 607 minutes across those 12 games, an average of around 50 minutes per game, proof that he has been used only as a bit part player so far this season. In those 12 games he has contributed 2 goals which you might think isn’t too bad for a player often handed the holding midfielder role, however, when you look at his creativity stats, you can see that his performances this season probably don’t warrant the £25m price tag. He’s provided 0 assists this season and created no big chances for any of his team mates.
Ramires, signed for £19m in 2010, is held in high regards by a lot of Chelsea fans for his performances in the past and for the crucial goal he scored against Barcelona in the second leg of the Champions League Semi-Final in 2012 to send Chelsea through to the final. If the rumours are true, however, I don’t think any of them could really argue that £25m is well above his current value and I would be surprised if Roman Abramovich didn’t agree on that one as well.