Lauren James’ move to Chelsea has been officially confirmed as the 19-year-old makes a record-breaking £200,000 WSL transfer from Manchester United to brother Reece in West London
- Chelsea have signed Lauren James for £200,000 move from Manchester United to Manchester
- It is a record amount for a transfer between two Women’s Super League clubsclub
- The 19-year-old played for Chelsea as a youth and is now returning
- She joins Champions League winning brother Reece at the West London club
Chelsea have officially confirmed the signing of Lauren James in a record-breaking move from Manchester United.
The 19-year-old, sister of England and Chelsea right-back Reece, has entered a transfer worth up to £200,000, which is a record between two Women’s Super League clubs.
She joins a Chelsea team that won the WSL and League Cup last season, and also reached the Champions League final, where they lost to Barcelona.
Lauren James’ move to Chelsea from Manchester United has been officially confirmed
The teenage striker joins her brother Reece in West London after the record-breaking move
The teenager had a stint in the youth ranks at Chelsea before making her first-team breakthrough at Arsenal, and spoke of her excitement after the move was confirmed.
James said: ‘It’s a great feeling to come home to a great club, the club where I started at the age of six.
“To be able to play for the first team now and come back here with Emma and the rest of the group is a great feeling.
“I’m excited to get started and can’t wait to meet all the fans in Kingsmeadow when the new season starts.”
James was a regular goalscorer for United, helping them first get promoted to the WSL
James joined United as a 16-year-old and her scoring ability earned her a call-up to the England senior team last year by Phil Neville.
She scored 14 goals in 18 league appearances to help United progress to the WSL before finishing their first season at the highest level as the club’s top scorer.
“Lauren is an exciting young talent that we have admired for some time,” said Chelsea manager Emma Hayes.
“When the opportunity arose to sign her, we felt it was the right time to bring her back to the club.
“We are excited to see how she develops in the coming years and look forward to welcoming her as we prepare for the season.”
Emma Hayes revealed her joy when she added James to the ranks of her talented team