Anfield man agrees Stamford Bridge move.
Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Raul Meireles from Liverpool on a four-year contract.
The midfielder, 28, arrives after just over a season at Anfield in which he made 44 appearances for the Reds.
Born in Aves, Portugal, the highly-rated international began his career with his hometown club before a move to top-flight Boavista, where he spent one season before moving to Porto in 2004.
It was at the Stadio do Dragao that he flourished and helped Porto to a domestic treble in 2005/06. He scored against Chelsea in the Champions League knockout rounds a year later.
Two more league titles followed in 2008 and 2009 and Meireles established himself in the national side, playing under Luiz Felipe Scolari in the lead-up to Euro 2008, where he scored his first international goal.
He played every game in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, and then scored in South Africa during the 7-0 beating of North Korea to catch Liverpool’s eye.
After a low-key start in English football, Meireles came to life in January 2011, scoring five times in six games.
The 5ft 10in midfielder appeared twice from the bench for Kenny Dalglish’s side this season before completing his move to Stamford Bridge on transfer deadline day.
SOURCE: Official Chelsea Website
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has completed the signing of his former FC Porto charge just before the transfer deadline passed. The 28 year old Portuguese international will cost the West London club a fee in the region of £12m as Liverpool were left with no choice other than to listen to offers for the midfielder after he put in a transfer request earlier in the day.
After starting last season poorly, Raul Meireles saw his form sharply improve after Dalglish’s arrival in January and the Liverpool man was widely thought of as the club’s best performer and he was named the PFA Fan’s Player of the Year as a result.
However the arrival of Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing left the talented box to box player out of the first team picture and thus far has only managed 34 minutes of Premier League football this season.