Benfica midfielder Ramires will join Chelsea next week in a GBP;20 million deal, according to ESPNsoccernet sources. Carlo Ancelotti wants the defensive midfield player having lost three experienced stars this summer.
Soccernet understands that Arsenal and Manchester will miss out on capturing Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole on a free transfer, while Manchester City and Tottenham remain firmly in the hunt for his signature.
ESPNsoccernet understands that Chelsea are considering making a move for Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun, with the Israeli international touted as a possible replacement for the out of contract Joe Cole.
ESPNsoccernet understands that Jamie Carragher will be handed an England recall when Fabio Capello names his preliminary 30-man World Cup squad on Tuesday, though Joe Cole looks set to miss out completely. .