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Chelsea have signed Colombian forward Mayra Ramirez from Levante in a world record deal for a female footballer.
The Blues have paid 450,000 euros (£382,800) up front but Levante are set to receive an extra 50,000 euros (£42,600) in add-ons.
Chelsea moved quickly to secure Ramirez following the long-term injury to star striker Sam Kerr, who ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament on the club’s warm weather training camp earlier this month.
Ramirez, 24, has 30 caps for Colombia and was part of the squad that reached the quarter-finals of the 2023 World Cup, where they were beaten by England.
Chelsea have signed Colombia international Mayra Ramirez for a brand-new world-record fee
The forward’s fee has knocked England’s Keira Walsh (right) off the top spot after her 2022 Barcelona move
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The forward had attracted interest from French clubs Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain last summer but a move failed to materialise due to Levante not wishing to sell. The Spanish side, however, could not turn down the Blues’ offer of a record fee.
Ramirez said: ‘I am very honoured to be a part of Chelsea. To be part of such a huge club is a dream come true and one I’ve had since I was a little girl.’
Chelsea’s general manager Paul Green has been overseeing recruitment, with manager Emma Hayes set to leave the club at the end of the season.
‘Mayra is a dynamic forward who can play anywhere across the front line,’ Green said.
‘We have watched her develop in Spain over the last few years and believe her style is going to suit playing in England.
24-year-old previously played for Levante and she will provide cover in the wake of Sam Kerr’s January ACL injury
‘She has great physicality, athleticism and a good goal scoring record. We’re all excited with…