Chelsea to offer Ramires new contract amid Juventus interest

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Premier League champions Chelsea are set to offer midfielder Ramires a new contract in order to fend off interest from Serie A giants Juventus.

The Old Lady have been interested in signing the Brazilian for the past few months, and have highlighted him as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba, who is expected to leave the club over the summer.

The Champions League finalists have also been rumoured to be interested in signing Ramires' Chelsea and Brazil teammate, Oscar.

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Pogba Replacement

Pogba, who has been at Juve since 2012, has been strongly linked with several clubs across Europe, including Chelsea, and at one stage, it was reported that The Blues could offer Ramires plus cash for the Frenchman.

However, latest reports are suggesting the English side could now offer Oscar and cash in order to sign Pogba as they want to offer Ramires a new contract.

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The Brazilian international still has two years left on his current contract at Stamford Bridge, but Jose Mourinho and Roman Abramovich are keen to ensure his future is in west London and want to tie him down on a long-term deal.

Ramires Struggles

The 28-year-old signed a new five-year deal back in 2012, meaning he is under contract at the club until 2017.

Ramires, who's been at Chelsea since his move from Benfica back in 2010, has fallen down the pecking order under Mourinho since the arrivals of Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas.

The Serbian and the Spanish internationals have created a formidable partnership in the heart of Chelsea's midfield, leaving Ramires on the bench and struggling for regular game-time.

With that in mind, the Brazilian was expected to leave the club over the summer, with Juve keen on bringing him to Italy.

Busy Summer for Juve

The Italian side have already been busy in the transfer window, securing three signings in the form of Paulo Dybala, Sami Khedira and most recently, Mario Mandzukic.

However, with Carlos Tevez, Pogba and Andrea Pirlo all potentially leaving, it seems like the signings made have been replacements for the outgoing stars.

Ramires is still on Juve's radar just in case they do lose either Pogba or Pirlo, but with a new contract in the pipeline, it looks like a deal may be out of the question.

During his five-year stay in England, Ramires has made just shy of 150 league appearances for The Blues.

Reports are suggesting that Chelsea are confident of securing the long-term future of the midfielder.

Do you think Ramires deserves a contract extension at Chelsea? Can he gain a regular first-team spot in midfield next season? Give us YOUR opinion in the comment box below! 

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