Chelsea have completed the signing of Florent Malouda from Lyon.
The French winger arrived in London for talks on Monday and he has agreed personal terms and completed a medical.
Liverpool and Real Madrid were believed to be interested in signing the French international, but Chelsea have won the race for his signature.
Lyon valued Malouda at £13.5m and president Jean-Michel Aulas told Lyon’s TV channel on Monday that Chelsea were “in agreement” with them over the fee.
The Frenchman is will again link up again with Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, with whom he played at Guingamp in 2002-03, and Michael Essien, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Lyon in 2005.
Malouda says Drogba was instrumental in his decision to join Chelsea.
“Didier pushed a bit, a lot even,” Malouda told French newspaper L’Equipe. “But then, at Chelsea, that’s not enough to recruit a player.
“They were my number one choice for many reasons.
“I saw several matches there as a spectator and I always enjoyed it very much.
“There was also the coach, who really wanted to have me, and life in London because I want my family to feel at ease.
“The most important thing was I felt they really wanted me. I also feel the kind of football they play suits me quite well.”