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.