Chelsea Ladies have agreed terms to bring back Anita Asante to the club, with the defensive midfielder to join officially when the transfer window opens on Friday 29 December.
Asante has signed a deal with Chelsea Ladies until May 2020 after announcing in November she would be leaving Swedish side Rosengard after four years with the club.
Asante previously played for Chelsea Ladies in 2008.
Upon completing her move, Asante said: “I’m so excited to join the club. It’s a great football team, with a deep squad and I can’t wait to get started.
“I’ve had the experience of playing here before, I have positive memories of that time and I’ve seen how much the club has grown since then, the success of the team and how they’ve developed. I feel I can be a part of that and contribute something.”
Manager Emma Hayes added: “Anita is a versatile central player who can play anywhere at the back or in midfield. I’ve heard Brazilian players saying she is good enough to play for their national team, which is high praise indeed, and she is a wonderful technical player who I’ve worked with before. She’ll bring great quality and character to the squad.”