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Bellamy in, Meireles joins Chelsea

August 31, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

With under an hour of the transfer window remaining, Liverpool's Portuguese midfielder Raul Meireles completed a move to Chelsea after handing in a written transfer request.

Raul Meireles
GettyImagesRaul Meireles moved in a last-gasp transfer

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In an echo of Fernando Torres' January switch to Stamford Bridge, Meireles declared his desire to leave Anfield with the transfer window set to draw to a close.

Chelsea reportedly had a bid rejected for Meireles on Tuesday but, having seemingly missed out on Tottenham's Luka Modric, met Liverpool's asking price.

A statement read: ''Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Raul Meireles from Liverpool on a four-year contract.''

The news arrived just as the club has announced the signing of Craig Bellamy on a two-year deal, a return to Anfield, where he left in 2007 after a short spell at the club.

Bellamy joins for an undisclosed transfer fee, from Manchester City, who were keen to remove a player they spent £14 million in 2009.

In a brief statement the club said: ''Liverpool have tonight announced Craig Bellamy has signed a contract with the club. He will wear shirt No. 39.''

Bellamy's return to Anfield comes four years after he left having been brought to the club 12 months earlier by Rafael Benitez.

He scored nine goals in 42 matches but off-field issues, most notably an infamous incident with a golf club and team-mate John Arne Riise and a strained relationship with Benitez, contributed to his departure to West Ham.