Chelsea have completed the signing of Raul Meireles from Liverpool on a four year contract.
The Portuguese international made 44 appearances from Liverpool after joining the club from Porto last summer but following the arrival of Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam had become disillusioned with the club going so far as to force Liverpool’s hand by handing in a transfer request as the transfer window neared is conclusion.
Chelsea moved fast to complete the deal with the paperwork being lodged minutes before the deadline.
At this point no details of the fee have been released although it is sure to top the 7 million plus Yossi Benayoun offer that Liverpool rejected yesterday.
Chelsea meanwhile ends their search for a midfielder playmaker having missed out on top target Luka Modric.