Chelsea to sign Brazil midfielder Ramires for £17m
Ramires signed for Benfica from Cruzeiro in 2009 for £6.25m
Chelsea are hoping to sign Brazil midfielder Ramires from Benfica for £17m, the BBC has learned.
The 23-year-old is undergoing a medical at the Premier League club on Tuesday.
It is thought a four-year deal for Ramires, who has 16 caps for his country, could be sealed by the end of the week.
The right-sided player was praised by Brazil manager Dunga after some strong displays in the group stage of the World Cup.
A booking in Brazil's final group game against Portugal ruled him out of his country's quarter-final loss to the Netherlands.
The transfer of Ramires, whose full name is Ramires Santos do Nascimento, has been complicated by the fact that Benfica only own a 50% stake in the player with a British-based businessman owning the other 50%.
Carlo Ancelloti has been seeking to bolster the Blues' midfield following the departure of Joe Cole, Michael Ballack and the return to Brazil of Deco.