Chelsea spent £12 million to sign Liverpool midfielder Raul Meireles.

The Sun says the move echoed the Blues' swoop for Fernando Torres just minutes before the close of the January transfer window.

Portuguese midfielder Meireles slammed in a written transfer request yesterday evening, opening the door for Chelsea to make their move.

The 28-year-old star briefly played under Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas at Porto.

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