BREAKING NEWS: Romeo Lavia CONFIRMS his £58m Chelsea transfer as he sends a farewell message to Southampton after snubbing Liverpool – but faces a race to be registered in time to face West Ham on Sunday
- Southampton star Romeo Lavia has confirmed his imminent move to Chelsea
- The Blues reached an agreement to sign the Belgian midfielder for £58million
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Southampton star Romeo Lavia has confirmed his imminent £58million move to Chelsea via a post on his social media.
Midfielder Lavia will join the Blues on a seven-year contract after passing a medical and finalising his switch overnight.
Lavia’s move will look to be sealed ahead of today’s midday deadline for him to be eligible for Sunday’s trip to West Ham.
However, Lavia has yet to play this season and not trained much recently while his future has been resolved.
And he is due to be assessed by Chelsea today to determine if the visit to the London Stadium will come too soon for him to be involved with Mauricio Pochettino’s squad for the first time.
Romeo Lavia has confirmed his imminent move to Chelsea via a post on social media
The Blues reached an agreement with the Saints to sign the Belgian international for £58m
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Lavia posted a farewell message to Southampton supporters on social media this morning ahead of official confirmation of his move.
He said: ‘To Saints Fans. As I say goodbye, I want to say a big thank you for everything you have given me during my time here. ‘I’ve instantly felt the love from you all despite us not achieving our shared goals.
‘I’ll never forget the belief the club and Saints all around the world showed me and I hope I was able to repay the faith you put in me.
‘I would especially like to thank all my teammates and all staff members within the club involved closely or not for putting your arms around me since the day I walked through the Staplewood Campus and for all the daily work and help behind the scenes making me become a better person, athlete and football player.
‘You have all played a massive part into making my integration into real professional football easier. I will be forever grateful to you. For those reasons, this club will always remain close to my heart.
‘Good luck this season and I look forward to seeing the club marching back to the Premier League where it belongs very soon! Thank you Saints. Roméo.’
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