British newspaper Daily Mirror has reported today that Sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta is planning a “mini-revolution” at the Nou Camp this summer after a disappointing season which reigning La Liga champions Barca look set to end empty-handed.
The box to box performer has been a regular under Jose Mourinho and has amassed 195 appearances in his four seasons at the club and will not be a player the Blues boss would be willing to lose.
Brazilian midfielder Ramires is on the Catalans’ wish-list because they like his energy and work-rate.
It could mean the 27-year-old may have played his last game for Chelsea in the Premier League, as he has been given a four-game ban by the FA for elbowing Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson in last week’s meeting at Stamford Bridge.
Ramires cost the west Londoners £20million from Portuguese heavyweights Benfica in 2010 and is a regular for Brazil.
Ramires began his career playing for Royal Sport Club. In 2005, he signed for Joinville, before joining Cruzeiro, whom he spent just over two seasons with, appearing in 61 league matches and scoring 10 times. In 2009, Ramires moved to Portugal and signed for Benfica from Cruzeiro. He spent one season with Benfica in which he helped them to the Liga Sagres title, five points clear of second-placed Braga. He then joined English club Chelsea in the summer of 2010 on a four-year contract. He made his Chelsea debut in a 2–0 win against Stoke City in late August 2010 and scored his first goal in a 4–0 victory against Bolton Wanderers.
Ramires scored against Barcelona when Chelsea overcame the Catalan club in the Champions League semi-finals two years ago and the La Liga side are willing to offer £20m plus the services of one of their many young talents, either in an outright deal or on loan, though no player is named by this source.
Barca want to strengthen their midfield options this summer and it is likely there will be several incomings and outgoings this summer.
Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas could be one of those sacrificed, with his former club and Manchester United – who chased him last summer – both likely to be interested.
Gerardo Martino’s side currently sit in second spot in La Liga, albeit with Real Madrid in third having a game in hand.
FC Barcelona are going to spend big in the summer and obviously, being linked with host of the players. Deal for the Ramires however, is looking very difficult as the Brazilian is an integral part of current Chelsea side and Mourinho is unlikely to let him go.