Rumours linking Chelsea midfield duo Ramires and John Obi Mikel have become a fixture of transfer windows for a while now, but recent reports look as if they may actually carry some weight, especially for the dynamic Brazillian:
#Ramires from @ChelseaFC is going to #Jiangsui (China) @SkySport @SkySportsNewsHQ— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) January 25, 2016
According to reports by both ESPN and Globoesporte, Ramires, who has been overlooked in recent times by interim manager Guus Hiddink, looks to be on his way to Chinese side, Jiangsui, after an apparent "irrefutable proposal" for both the player and the club. It was only three months ago, that the midfielder, who joined Chelsea in the summer of 2010, signed a contract extension running until summer 2019. The Guardian suggest that the transfer fee could be as high as £20 million, and that the departure might happen as soon as today.
According to the Daily Mail, John Obi Mikel, who has been a key figure thus far in Guus Hiddink's second tenure at the club just as he was in the first, is wanted at Shanghai SIPG by their manager, Sven Goran Eriksson. However, with Ramires' departure looking all but imminent now, it's highly unlikely that the club would be willing to part ways with the Nigerian as well.
Although nothing is official yet, we may well be bidding farewell to our Blue Kenyan before long.