Chelsea Women have made a historic signing, securing Colombian striker Mayra Ramirez from Levante for a British-record fee of £385,000. The deal, which could potentially reach a new world-record fee of £428,000 with add-ons, surpasses the previous British record set by Chelsea in 2020 when they signed Pernille Harder for £250,000.
Ramirez, who impressed at Levante with six goals in seven league games this season and 14 goals in the previous term, signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Chelsea. The Colombian forward’s arrival comes as a response to the unfortunate anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury suffered by Chelsea striker Sam Kerr earlier this month.
The 24-year-old Ramirez expressed her excitement, stating, “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, highlighted Ramirez’s dynamic playing style, athleticism, and goal-scoring record, expressing excitement about her contribution to the squad in both the short and long term.
Ramirez, who has 30 senior caps for Colombia, played a crucial role in her country’s journey to the quarter-finals of the 2023 Women’s World Cup, where they were eventually defeated by England. Chelsea hopes Ramirez will fill the void left by Sam Kerr, who played a pivotal role for the team, scoring 58 times in 73 Women’s Super League (WSL) games across four-and-a-half seasons.
The Blues, set to recoup a significant portion of Ramirez’s fee through Jessie Fleming’s departure to Portland Thorns for around £250,000, are eager to see Ramirez make an impact and contribute to the team’s continued success.