Juventus targeting Chelsea midfielder Ramires

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Serie A giants Juventus are preparing a bid for Chelsea midfielder Ramires, according to the Metro, who cite Italian news outlet Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Brazilian, who has been a regular fixture in the Blues’ side ever since joining from Benfica in the summer of 2010, is being eyed by manager Massimiliano Allegri to replace the highly-coveted Paul Pogba.

Pogba is widely expected to leave, with a host of big clubs eager to snare him away from Turin, and Ramires could be the ideal replacement having fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge in recent times.

Chelsea struggles

The 28-year-old is one of Chelsea’s longest serving players, having been regularly picked under the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo, Rafael Benitez and Jose Mourinho during his five-year spell in the capital.

But now, with the Blues closing in on the Premier League title, he could embark on a new challenge in Italy having often been overlooked in favour of Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic this season.

Fabregas immediately walked into the side following his summer move from Catalan giants Barcelona, and, with 16 league assists, has immediately justified Mourinho’s decision to take him back to the Premier League.

Matic adds solidarity to the side and his performances have drawn comparisons with former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele, who helped the club to two consecutive league titles in Mourinho’s first spell in charge in 2005 and 2006.

The Portuguese has shown little sentiment when it comes to selling big-name stars, having already sanctioned the departures of Juan Mata, Kevin De Bruyne, David Luiz and Andre Schurrle during his second stint at Stamford Bridge.

Juventus move?

Pogba has been linked with some of the biggest names in the planet, and could move away if the club receive a sufficient amount of money to embark on a summer spending spree at the end of the season.

The Italian giants have made no secret of their desire to sign a playmaker, with Allegri earmarking that position as a cause of concern when speaking to the media back in December.

Ramires would fit the bill with his years of experience, and could be tempted by a starting berth at the current Italian champions who are set to win the league title for a fourth consecutive season in May. Meanwhile, the Italian giants have also bid for Palermo striker Paulo Dybala, but may lose out with the player reportedly eager to sign for Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal instead.

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