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  • Updated: August 18, 2023

Chelsea Sign Lavia From Southampton On Seven-Year Contract

Chelsea Sign Lavia From Southampton On Seven-Year Contract

Chelsea have signed Belgium midfielder Romeo Lavia from Southampton in a deal worth £58 million.

The structure of the deal is an initial £53 million plus £5 million in add-ons, with the 19-year-old signing a seven-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea co-sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley said: "We are very pleased to welcome Romeo to Chelsea. 

"He demonstrated his quality in the Premier League last season at Southampton, showing maturity despite his young age, and is a player we have monitored for some time.

"We believe he is ready to make an impact at Chelsea throughout the current campaign, and in the coming years."

On completing his move to Chelsea, Lavia said: "I'm really happy to join Chelsea and be a part of this exciting project. 

"It's an amazing football club with a great history and I'm really excited to get started.

"I can't wait to meet all my new team-mates and build a chemistry to achieve great things together."

Lavia had been approached by Liverpool for a move to Anfield but Southampton rejected their third bid of £46 million including add-ons earlier this month.

He becomes the second player this week to have opted for Chelsea over Liverpool, following in the footsteps of Moises Caicedo, who joined the Blues from Brighton for a British-record fee of £115 million.

Lavia came through the youth system at Anderlecht before he moved to Manchester City in 2020. 

He however struggled to break into the City's first team, making just two senior appearances at City, particularly in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.

He then joined Saints in July 2022 for £10.5 million and made 34 appearances in all competitions last season but could not help prevent their relegation from the Premier League.

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