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Romeo Lavia: Chelsea Sign Belgium Midfielder From Southampton In £58m Deal1 min read

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Romeo Lavia warms up before a Southampton match

Romeo Lavia made 29 appearances for Southampton in the Premier League in 2022-23

Chelsea have completed the signing of Belgium midfielder Romeo Lavia from Southampton for an initial £53m.

The 19-year-old has signed a seven-year contract in a deal which could rise by a further £5m with add-ons.

Lavia made 34 appearances in all competitions last season but could not help prevent Saints’ relegation from the Premier League.

“I’m really happy to join Chelsea and be a part of this exciting project,” said Lavia.

“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.”

Having come through the youth system at Anderlecht, Lavia moved to Manchester City in 2020 after being spotted at a tournament in Belgium attended by Pep Guardiola.

The youngster made just two senior appearances at City – in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup – as he struggled to break into the club’s first team and joined Saints in July 2022 for £10.5m.

City will collect 20% (£10.6m) of the initial £53m fee received by Southampton because of a sell-on clause.

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