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Chelsea swoop for $32M defender Bosingwa

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  • Chelsea complete signing of Portugal international defender Jose Bosingwa
  • The 25-year-old joins the Champions League finalists of a fee of $32 million
  • Bosingwa's arrival could see Juliano Belletti leave after one season at Chelsea
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LONDON, England -- Chelsea have completed the signing of Portugal international right-back Jose Bosingwa from Porto for a fee of £16.2 million pounds ($32 million).

Bosingwa will link-up with his new teammates after playing for Portugal in this summer's Euro 2008 finals.

The 25-year-old has agreed a three-year contract with the Champions League finalists and will move to London after competing in Euro 2008.

After missing out on the English title to Manchester United on Sunday, Avram Grant's side have gained a small measure of revenge by beating United in the race to sign Bosingwa, who was also attracting interest from Liverpool and Aston Villa.

Bosingwa played alongside his new Chelsea team-mates Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira at Porto.

But his arrival could spell the end of Juliano Belletti's brief stay at Stamford Bridge after a series of mediocre performances from the Brazilian defender.

Bosingwa was born in Kinshasa, Congo, but moved to Portugal with his parents when he was a child. His performances for Boavista convinced Jose Mourinho to sign him for Porto in 2003 and he has helped continue the club's domestic dominance as well as winning six caps for Portugal.

He was also involved in a serious car accident three years ago when his jeep skidded off a motorway and rolled down an embankment before bursting into flames. The defender was with four other players at the time, but all survived.

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