Chelsea have announced the arrival of Raul Meireles on a four-year contract from Premier League rivals Liverpool.
The Blues had to move fast to push a deal through before Wednesday's 11pm deadline.
They had been linked with the Portugal international in the days building up to the close of the summer transfer window, but it appeared as though their interest had waned as the clock ticked down.
Late drama then began to unfold as it emerged that Meireles had handed in a transfer request at Anfield.
Shortly afterwards, Chelsea confirmed that they have secured the signature of the Portuguese playmaker on a long-term deal.
A statement released on the Blues' official website read: "Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Raul Meireles from Liverpool on a four-year contract.
"The midfielder, 28, arrives after just over a season at Anfield in which he made 44 appearances for the Reds."