Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia is in high demand, with Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester United all vying for his signature. The 19-year-old has been impressive for the Championship side in recent seasons, and his performances have caught the attention of several top-flight clubs.
Liverpool, who are armed with cash from the sales of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson, are expected to make an improved bid for Lavia after their initial offer of £35million plus add-ons was turned down by Southampton. The club is looking to strengthen their midfield following the departure of Henderson to Al Ettifaq for £12m and the imminent departure of Fabinho to Al Ittihad for £40m, and sees Lavia as the ideal replacement for the outgoing duo.
Chelsea are also maintaining contact with Southampton regarding Lavia, although they have yet to find an agreement with Brighton for their £100m-rated midfielder Moises Caicedo. Meanwhile, a foreign club and Manchester United have also expressed interest in the midfielder, although United would have to sell first to make room for Lavia. The Red Devils are reportedly looking at Sofyan Amrabat as a cheaper alternative to Lavia, but Liverpool has not shown any interest in the Moroccan midfielder.
While Liverpool is closing in on another midfield prospect, 16-year-old Trey Nyoni from Leicester City, Southampton will be hoping to get the best possible deal for Lavia, who has been a key player for them in recent seasons. The midfielder made 31 appearances for the club last season and was voted the Young Player of the Season by the fans. With several top clubs vying for his signature, it remains to be seen where Lavia will end up, but one thing is for sure – it’s going to be a big week for the young midfielder and his current club.