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Chelsea FC: 4 Reasons Why Signing  Raul Meireles Made Perfect Sense
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Looking to make an impact

It happened in the dying moments of the summer transfer window.

Portuguese international Raul Meireles put in a transfer request less than 30 minutes before 11pm GMT, and Chelsea were ready to pounce. They completed a shock £12 million swoop for the 28-year-old from Liverpool just in time, signing him on a four-year deal.

He was the last of Chelsea's signings in a busy summer, where the club brought in six new players. The Blues missed out on the man at the pinnacle of Andre Villas-Boas' wishlist, Luka Modric, but, all in all, did fairly well in the transfer market.

I think the acquisition of Meireles, who was named PFA Fans Player of the Year 2010-2011, is shrewd piece of business.

Here are the reasons why I believe Raul Meireles is a great signing for the West London side, and will have a big impact on their season.

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