For the second time in a week, the Blues have pinched a midfielder from under Liverpool’s noses and the Belgian is an inspired signing.
The transfer window delivers agony and ecstasy in equal measure. Well, unless you’re Liverpool fans apparently. The Reds faithful have experienced nothing but pain this week – and it’s all Chelsea’s fault.
First, the Blues beat Jurgen Klopp and Co to Moises Caicedo, with the Ecuadorian arriving at Stamford Bridge from Brighton in a £115 million ($147m) deal on Monday. Not to worry, the back-up plan was still there: Romeo Lavia. Or so they thought…
Once again, Chelsea were waiting in the wings, and after the player verbally agreed to join, the Blues hammered out a £58m ($74m) agreement with Southampton. It may seem like a lot of money for a player who’s made just 29 Premier League appearances during his fledgling career, but the west London’s club decision to take a chance on Lavia has the potential to pay off massively.The Belgian has already dropped hints that he could develop into the complete defensive midfielder, one that could end up becoming Chelsea’s lynchpin for years to come..