Liverpool are reportedly optimistic about securing the signing of Southampton starlet, Romeo Lavia, during the current transfer window, provided they can agree on a transfer fee. The midfielder is seen as a crucial addition to Liverpool’s midfield, especially with the potential departures of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson. Lavia is comfortable operating in a deeper role, making him an ideal successor at the base of Liverpool’s midfield.
The 19-year-old was one of the standout performers for Southampton during their relegation season, attracting interest from Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea. However, Lavia is said to be convinced that Liverpool is the right move for him.
According to Football Insider, Liverpool is confident of signing Lavia by the end of the month. While Southampton is said to be holding out for a fee of £50m, Liverpool is reportedly willing to pay around £40m, given that the player has only had a single season of Premier League action.
Southampton will have to give 20% of their earnings to Manchester City due to a sell-on clause. However, this may not be a deal-breaker for Liverpool, as Lavia seems set on moving to Anfield. Jurgen Klopp is said to be extremely keen on signing the youngster, and the potential breakthrough in negotiations with Southampton could see the deal accelerate quickly.
Lavia could be the missing piece of Liverpool’s midfield puzzle, but with the potential departures of Fabinho, Henderson, and suggestions that Thiago Alcantara wants to leave, Liverpool may need to find a fourth midfielder to sign after securing the Southampton youngster. Overall, Liverpool fans will be excited by the prospect of Lavia joining their club and adding to their already impressive midfield options.