Manchester United striker Lauren James has joined Chelsea in a move worth up to £200,000 a record between two Women’s Super League clubs.
James, sister of England and Chelsea right-back Reece, has already agreed personal terms and completed her medical.
Sportsmail understands the England international’s move was overseen by her father Nigel James, her agent Sam Stapleton and renowned sports lawyer Udo Onwere.
The 19-year-old had been a long-term target for the WSL champions.
James scored a goal-of-the-season contender against Chelsea in a 2-1 defeat for United last season, but she largely found her game time limited due to injury problems.
James, who was also on Lyon’s radar, joined United from Arsenal in 2017 aged just 16 and has been a regular goalscorer during her time in Manchester.
As such, United were reluctant to lose the starlet, but they have now been forced into sounding out potential replacements.
It is understood that PSV’s Kyah Simon, who would inject experience into a youthful team at Old Trafford, is a possible option.
James has represented England at youth level and was called up to the senior team by former boss Phil Neville in last year but is yet to make her senior debut.