In a very late move yesterday (Wednesday), Liverpool agreed to sell midfielder Raul Meireles to Chelsea for a fee thought to be £12million. The Portugese midfielder had handed in a transfer request last night in a bid to push his move through to Chelsea, the exact same thing that Fernando Torres did in the January transfer window.
Liverpool had rejected a bid from Chelsea the previous day but when Meireles handed in a transfer request it left Liverpool with very few options but to sell him. The moment a player hands in a transfer request in my opinion, he has to be sold as he will not give his all any more at the club.
Now in Raul’s case, you can see why he wanted to leave Liverpool. He was going to struggle to make the Liverpool starting lineup this season following the arrivals of Henderson and Adam. I wonder though how much game-time he will get in the Chelsea starting lineup? The lure of linking up again with his ex-Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas would have been something that convinced Meireles into forcing through his move.
Chelsea would be very happy with this signing as they will be getting a quality player, he was named the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year last season and with Chelsea failing to sign Modric from Spurs, Raul was the next best option.
But where does this leave Liverpool? Have we weakened our squad by selling Meireles or was selling him for £12million a good bit of business for us?