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Ramires preparing for medical at Stamford Bridge?

It looks like this deal might actually be going through. And soon.

Sky Sports, among others, are reporting that Chelsea have moved even closer to tying up a deal for the Benfica and Brazil midfielder Ramires.

Ramires reacts to the latest news of him linking up with Chelsea.

Not buying it? Try this.

King Carlo actually mentioned Ramires' name today when speaking to the media following Tuesday's training session.

Via the official website: "Ancelotti also admitted a possibility that Brazilian midfielder Ramires could be heading to Stamford Bridge, though a deal with his club Benfica remains some way off. 'I don't know, I will speak about Ramires when Ramires will be a Chelsea player,' the manager said. 'Until now he is not a Chelsea player, we hope, but until now nothing is decided.'"

Sky Sports News just said - literally just said - that "we understand basically that this deal will happen, it's just a matter of when."

A medical is expected to happen this week, as early as Wednesday. The issue of third-party ownership does seem to be a sticking point with respect to the time it could take to finalize the deal, but in no way a deal-breaker.

As always, watch this space.

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