One of the most surprising deals for the January transfer window was Jiangsu Suning’s acquisition of Chelsea midfielder Ramires.
The Chinese outfit paid an initial £20 million for the Brazil international - that fee could eventually rise to £25 million - but in return they secured the services of a dynamic midfielder at the peak of his powers.
Ramires could easily have played on for another five or six years at the top level in Europe, but money talks and the South American is now plying his trade in the Chinese Super League. He could be joined in a few days by his compatriot Alex Teixeira, who Liverpool attempted to sign before the winter transfer window closed earlier this week.
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Ramires got his Jiangsu career off to the best possible start on Wednesday, scoring on his first appearance for his new employers in a friendly against Anzhi Makhachkala. (Scroll down to see the video).
The Brazilian met a right-wing cross with a lovely side-foot volley and the ball found its way into the bottom corner of the net.
Video: Ramires scores on Jiangsu debut
Chelsea can't get out of the bottom half
At the same time, his former club Chelsea were busy playing out a 0-0 draw with Watford at Vicarage Road.
The Blues have only won three of their eight Premier League matches since Guus Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho in December - the other five matches have ended in draws - and they still find themselves in the bottom half of the table.
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