Blues see off Liverpool to make it Romeo done as Lavia signs
Rome Lavia is raring to get going after joining Chelsea from Southampton.
As with new team-mate Moises Caicedo, the Blues beat Premier League rivals Liverpool in the race for the 19-year-old midfielder.
Lavia, who has signed a seven-year deal and will wear No45, 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 my new team-mates and build a chemistry to achieve great things together."
Lavia is Chelsea's latest major summer signing, following the likes of Nicolas Jackson, Christopher Nkunku and Caicedo.
Co-sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley said: "We're very pleased to welcome Romeo to Chelsea.
"He demonstrated his quality last season at Southampton, showing maturity despite his young age, and is a player we have monitored for some time.
"We believe he's ready to make an impact throughout the current campaign and in the coming years."
Lavia made 34 appearances for Southampton after switching from Manchester City last summer but his performances were not enough to keep them in the top flight.
In an emotional Instagram post earlier today, he paid tribute to the Saints. Lavia said: "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.
"I would especially like to thank all my team-mates and staff members for putting your arms around me since the day I walked through the Staplewood Campus and for all the daily work and help making me become a better person, athlete and player.
"You have all played a massive part into making my integration into real professional football easier. I will be forever grateful.
"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."