Chelsea FC, on deadline day, confirmed the signing of Portuguese midfielder, Raul Meireles, putting pen to paper on a four year deal.
The midfielder, who can play central midfield, and even on the left of midfield, and became Villas-Boas’ sixth summer signing, following Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku, Oriol Romeu, Thibaul Courtois and Ulises DaVilla’s arrivals.
Meireles’s arrival came after a colossal deadline day, in which Meireles handed a transfer request in to Liverpool, with only 30-odd minutes to go, however, the Blue’s interest in the midfielder had been made public throughout the summer, with his name being side-to-side with Luka Modric’s name also.
Meireles, will join up with former team mate, Fernando Torres, and will hopefully offer Chelsea’s midfield both a more attacking, as well as a more defensive option, one that has been left void with the unfortunate injury to Michael Essien.
Meireles, a Portuguese international, made his name during successful spells at Portugal’s prestigious team, FC Porto, when in 2010, upon a string of impressive displays at the 2010 world cup in South Africa, Liverpool pounced for his signature.
He made 44 appearences for the Merseyside outfit, scoring 5 goals in total, even scoring the only and winning goal against the Blue’s in last years meeting at the Bridge, before making a last minute move to the kings road boys in blue.
Here’s a clip of Meireles’ successful first year stint at Liverpool –
Welcome to Chelsea FC, Raul Mereiles!
By Warwick Tuatara