Chelsea have signed Raul Meireles from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around the £12m mark.
The transfer went through only after Meireles submitted a transfer request to Liverpool – meaning that he waived his right to loyalty payments.
The Portugal international midfielder, 28, joins Chelsea after they failed to secure Luka Modric from Tottenham Hotspur – despite a mammoth £40m bid according to Harry Redknapp.
Meireles scored the winning goal at Stamford Bridge for Liverpool last season.
Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas will now hope that he can score a few goals in a blue shirt now.