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Ramires attracted minimal interest from the Premier League.

Ramires: China's gain, the Premier League's loss

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With Romelu Lukaku finally justifying his price tag and potential, Harry Kane showing similarities to Alan Shearer on a weekly basis and Jamie Vardy’s party continuing to roll on, strikers have been this season's greatest source of entertainment.

No longer is it the case that 'games are won or lost in the midfield', as the famous saying goes. Whilst Premier League strikers have often proved the difference between winning and losing, midfielders are arguably playing less of a role.

Yaya Toure has looked a shadow of his former self at Manchester City, Mancheser United's midfield have been sloppy and slow under Louis van Gaal, whereas Jurgen Klopp is yet to find his strongest partnership in the centre of the park.

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Many midfields belonging to England's elite have struggled to impose themselves this season, rendering it all-the-more baffling that a player of Ramires' quality and energy was allowed to complete his China move without even a hint of interest from the Premier League.

The Brazilian swapped Stamford Bridge for Jiangsu Suning in a deal worth £25 million, becoming the latest big European name to succumb to the riches of China's Super League - and he should be seen as one that got away.

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Several Premier League sides could have done with the guile and pace of Ramires in this current campaign. In fact, it's hard to justify just why he was given such minimal game time at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink.

The Blues yearned for energy in their midfield, yet persisted with the aforementioned Matic, Fabregas and John Obi Mikel.

£25 million might seem excessive, but Ramires' price tag could in fact be considered something of a bargain. At the age of 28, the Brazilian could still have his best days ahead of him.

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It begs the question of how exactly a player with over fifty caps for Brazil was overlooked by Chelsea's rivals. Ramires could have been a vital acquisition for those at the top seeking strength in depth amidst a title bid, or even for a team striving for the Europa League.

The Premier League's top four - and top eight - could all have done with a player of Ramires' natural drive, which is why some might regret not pursuing him come the close of the current campaign.

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