20 July 2024

Liverpool transfer news: Latest Romeo Lavia bid rejected as Southampton hold out for £50m

Southampton are understood to be holding out for £50m for Romeo Lavia; one source has told Sky Sports News that Chelsea are also interested and keeping an eye on the 19-year-old’s situation; Lavia has four years left on his Southampton contract after joining from Man City last summer

Sky Sports News’ chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol provides the details behind Liverpool’s £40m bid for Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia which has been rejected

 

Southampton have rejected Liverpool’s third bid for midfielder Romeo Lavia.

The latest offer is understood to be in the region of £45m.

The Belgium international joined Southampton from Manchester City last summer, but is expected to leave after the Saints were relegated from the Premier League last seaso

Take a look at why some of the Premier League’s elite are targeting a move for Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia

Jurgen Klopp has already brought in two new midfielders this summer: Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton in a £35m deal and Dominik Szoboszlai from RB Leipzig for £60m.

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Those new signings have replaced departing midfielders James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita, while captain Jordan Henderson and Brazil international Fabinho also left Anfield this summer and secured moves to Saudi Arabia.

Analysis: Lavia will help take Liverpool’s midfield into new era

Romeo Lavia

Sky Sports’ Peter Smith:

“Landing Romeo Lavia would complete Liverpool’s midfield overhaul, with the Belgian forming a new-look box with fellow summer signings Dominik Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister, alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold, who looks certain to step out of defence.

“With Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and potentially Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara heading out of the club, it is a huge shake-up. But investment in midfield has been a long time coming at Liverpool and problems in that area of the pitch contributed significantly to their struggles last season.

“Expect anchor Lavia to play a prominent role in this coming campaign but at 19 years old he is undoubtedly set for a bright future. He led the way among under 21 players for tackles, interceptions and blocked shots in 2022/23 but also has the on-ball skills required to play at the top end of the Premier League.

“A captain through the youth levels and now a Belgium international, Lavia ticks all the boxes for Liverpool – someone who can have a transformative impact now but also go on to become a key component for the Reds in years to come. The new era has arrived.”

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