Meireles Now a Red

Raul Meireles has been confirmed (through the Portuguese stock market) as a Liverpool player. Yesterday, the terms between Porto had been finished, which only left Meireles to agree personal terms, which he did. The transfer comes to a grand total of 13 million euros plus bonuses. That is considerably lower than the 25 million Porto had hoped to get for him, but with the bonuses, 13 million may climb. Meireles is viewed as the ideal replacement for the now-departed Javier Mascherano. Raul will most likely be playing a more defensive role in the midfield, giving Gerrard the opportunity to play more as an attacking midfielder/second striker. Competing against him for this defensive midfielder spot are the likes of Poulsen and Lucas, so he has a mountain to climb.

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