Chelsea have completed the signing of Lauren James from Manchester United on a four-year deal. The deal is set to be the highest fee paid between two Women’s Super League (WSL) clubs. The fee including bonuses will be worth £200,000. One of the main reasons behind the transfer is that the forward wanted to move closer to her family. Her brother Reece James plays for Chelsea.
“It’s a great feeling to come back home, to a great club, the club I started at the age of six.” Lauren James said after completing her move to Chelsea. ”To be able to play for the first team now and come back here to Emma and the rest of the group is a good feeling. I’m excited to get started and I can’t wait to meet all the fans at Kingsmeadow when the new season kicks in.”
James initially joined United from Arsenal in 2017. At the age of 16, she became the youngest player at United. She made an instant impact, scoring 14 goals as they won promotion from the championship. James went on to score the first WSL goal for united in a 2-0 win against Liverpool.
“Lauren is an exciting, young talent who we have admired for a while.” Chelsea manager Emma Hayes said. “When the opportunity came up to sign her, we felt now was the right time to bring her back to the club. We’re excited to see how she develops in the coming years and look forward to welcoming her to pre-season training.”