Kenny Dalglish was given an offer he couldn't refuse. Only I would have respected the Liverpool manager all the more if he had.
The Blues get an aged Portuguese international that is at a crossroads in his career. Meireles found himself increasingly on the outside looking in at Anfield.
With newer and younger faces coming in, Meireles was assured of getting even less time as the season wore on. So this move was significantly better for the player, despite claims he would have like to stay at Anfield.
On the outside, the deal looks pretty good for Liverpool as well. Dalglish did get £500,000 more than the club paid FC Porto last year. For a 28-year-old to yield his side a profit, a miracle usually has to be performed.
With little play being offered and extra cash coming in, the Reds had to pull the trigger. Yet, that doesn't it make it the right move.
Liverpool is young all around the pitch. They will miss not just the depth that Meireles offered, but his veteran wisdom. Such a thing is a hot commodity in the EPL.
The real worry is that Chelsea, a team Liverpool will battle all year for the second spot on the table, now have the depth to compete domestically and in the Champions league.
Meireles is a versatile player able to attack and serve the ball in deep as well as win balls. Chelsea get a perfect player for their style of play.
More than that, Meireles is a cerebral player that does very well to lead on the pitch. Chelsea needed to get younger, which they didn't, in this regard. But they also needed quality characters, which they received in spades.
Addition by subtraction? Not in this case.