'Medical' - Chelsea agree major fee with Liverpool target as double deal nears completion

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Chelsea have agreed a fee of £53.5million to sign Romeo Lavia from Southampton

The midfielder made it known to his club on Monday that he favoured a move to Stamford Bridge over Liverpool, who had had a similar bid accepted, with a deal having been reached on Tuesday night for him to join the west London club.

Lavia will now undergo a medical in advance of becoming the eighth first-team signing the club have made this summer.

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He made 29 Premier League appearances last season in what was his debut top-flight campaign, after joining Saints from Manchester City last summer.

Mauricio Pochettino continues to bolster his Chelsea squadMauricio Pochettino continues to bolster his Chelsea squad
Mauricio Pochettino continues to bolster his Chelsea squad

It is also understood that the club have agreed to pay Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise’s £35m release clause, paving the way for the France Under-21 international to join Lavia at Stamford Bridge.

It takes Chelsea’s spending this week to over £200m following the British record capture of Brighton’s Moises Caicedo for a potential £115m on Monday.