Bookmakers are offering free bets for Chelsea in their 2010/11 campaign as they bid to retain the Barclays Premier League title and win the EUFA Champions League for the first time.
The BBC has reported today that 23-year-old Benfica midfielder Ramires is undergoing a medical at Chelsea ahead of signing a four-year deal with the club.
It is believed that Chelsea have agreed a £17million fee with Benfica for the right sided Brazilian who is expected to pen his agreement to the deal before the end of the week.
The transfer has been complicated because Benfica only hold 50% of his registration.
The other 50% is thought to be held by Kia Joorabchian, who was involved with bringing Carlos Tevez and Javier Macscherano to England.
Ramires is a much needed addition to the Chelsea midfield which has been depleted with the departure of Joe Cole, Michael Ballack and Deco.
He signed for Benfica from Cruzeiro in 2009 for £6.25million and he scored five times in 32 appearances for the Portuguese club.
Ramires was selected for Brazil’s World Cup squad and he played in the group stages, earning praise from manager Dunga for his strong displays.
The booking he received in the final group game against Portugal meant he missed the quarter-final game when Brazil were knocked out of the tournament by Netherlands.
Ramires will become Chelsea’s second summer signing after Yossi Benayoun joined from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee thought to be around £5.5million.
Online bookmaker Blue Square are offering odds of 13/2 for Chelsea to win the UEFA Champions League and Bodog are offering odds of 33/20 for the Blues to retain their Barclays Premier League title.