Chelsea have accomplished the signing of Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia, persevering with their massive spending this summer season switch window, the membership introduced on Friday.
Sources have advised ESPN that Chelsea pays an preliminary £53 million ($67.5m) with an additional £5m ($6.4m) in performance-related add-ons.
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The deal takes Chelsea’s summer season spending previous the £300m mark, having final week signed Colombia midfielder Moisés Caicedo from Brighton for a British-record charge of £115m.
‘I am actually blissful be part of Chelsea and be part of this thrilling venture. It is a tremendous soccer membership with an ideal historical past and I am actually excited to get began,” Lavia said in a statement.
‘I can not wait to fulfill all my new teammates and construct a chemistry collectively to attain nice issues collectively.”
As with Caicedo, Chelsea beat off competitors from Liverpool to safe the arrival of Lavia.
Liverpool had beforehand had a £60m provide for Lavia accepted by Southampton however the participant expressed a want to hitch Chelsea, permitting the the Blues to barter a barely decrease charge.
Lavia, 19, solely joined Southampton from Manchester Metropolis final summer season, making 29 Premier League appearances, and repeatedly impressed in a aspect that was relegated to the Championship. He additionally made his debut for Belgium in a pleasant in opposition to Germany in March.
Saints paid an preliminary £10.5m however are as a result of pay a 20% sell-on charge to Metropolis after agreeing phrases with Chelsea.
Info from ESPN’s James Olley contributed to this report.
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