Chelsea midfielder Ramires is the third star to agree to a move to a Chinese Super League side this week.
Former Arsenal ace Gervinho agrees move to Super League side Hebei China Fortune while Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin has agreed to join Shanghai Shenhua.
But it is Ramires that is the big money move as Chelsea were able to get £25m from Jiangsu Suning, in the biggest transfer deal ever involving a Chinese club. Considering that Inter were only able to get about £10m for Guarin, the fact that the Blues were able to get double that is a testament to their prowess when it comes to selling players.
Consider the €44.75m they got for Juan Mata and the €50m they received for David Luiz, two transfers that went a long way to helping Chelsea win the title last season. Now the £25m can be used towards buying a world class striker that Chelsea desperately needs.
Ramires gas struggled to get into the Chelsea since Guus Huddink took over, he has not started in the Premier League since the 2-1 defeat by Leicester City on December 14. He had attracted interest from Bayern Munich, Juventus and PSG but the Chinese side moved swiftly to secure his signature in a lucrative deal.
Ramires would join a growing list of Brazilians playing in China, including former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho, under ex-Cheslea boss Felipe Scolari. He will also be managed by former Chelsea midfielder Dan Petrescu, who has been in charge of Jiangsu since last July.
The midfielder joined Chelsea in 2010 from Benfica and he won everything at Stamford Bridge including the Champions League in 2012. Ramires that played a major role in Chelsea getting to that final when he scored a fantastic lobbed shot over Víctor Valdés to help send Chelsea through to the final as his goal leveled the aggregate score at 2–2 while putting Chelsea ahead on away goals.