Raul Meireles leaves Chelsea for Fenerbahce in £8m deal

By Frank KeoghBBC Sport
Raul Meireles

Fenerbahce have completed the £8m signing of Raul Meireles from Chelsea on a four-year deal.

Fenerbahce were able to buy the midfielder because the Turkish transfer window is open until midnight on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old scored six goals in 38 games for the Blues after arriving from Liverpool on last August's transfer deadline day.

He will join striker Dirk Kuyt, his former Reds team-mate, at the club.

Meireles struggled to make Chelsea's starting XI this season and boss Roberto Di Matteo deemed the Portuguese surplus to requirements.

On Friday, Champions League winners Chelsea allowed midfielder Michael Essien to join Real Madrid on a season-long loan.