Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho could be left with a major headache in the next few weeks if the recent transfer rumours surrounding Ramires turn out to be true. The Brazilian midfielder has been linked with a move to Juventus, who are keen on signing a stable replacement for Arturo Vidal. The Chilean joined Bayern Munich in a €37 million deal. This left a huge gap to fill in the Juventus midfield. The signing of Sami Khedira was seen as the perfect solution, but the free transfer has been plagued by injury problems in the last few years. It has just been confirmed that a new injury will keep him on the sidelines for the next two months.
Ramires has been identified by the Italian Serie A champions as an ideal candidate to replace Vidal. The 28-year-old is not really a first-team regular at Chelsea. He started only 11 league games for the blues last season. He could be spending more time as a benchwarmer if Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas continue to remain as the preferred first choice option.
Aside from the departure of Vidal, manager Massimiliano Allegri will also have to find a way to replace midfielder Andrea Pirlo. Further, there are transfer rumours surrounding star asset Paul Pogba, but it looks like the club will hold on to the French international for the time being. There are reports that Juventus have made an initial enquiry for Ramires. The player only has two years left on his contract and Chelsea need to make a crucial decision.
At 28, he will be past his prime by the end of his current contract and this will considerably reduce his resale value. He is currently earning around £60,000 per week, but Chelsea will be able to keep him only if they increase the offer to around £80,000 per week and extend the contract by a couple of years. The blues may see this as an investment that is not essential at this moment. In such a scenario, considering a serious offer from Juventus may not be ruled out. However, it could leave Chelsea with little time to get a replacement for Ramires. Mourinho said:
“I think that saying, is right, the saying that: ‘If you stand still, you get worse’. It’s right, but the same people can move forward.
“You don’t need to buy 10 players to be a better team. You can be a better team with one or two new players and be a better team, with the same people.”
Mourinho stated a few weeks ago that the blues are going to be in the market only for a new left back following the departure of Filipe Luis. He feels that Chelsea are well covered in all areas, but it appears that Juventus have plans to disrupt the stability.