Liverpool’s pursuit of Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia has hit a roadblock as their third bid, amounting to £46 million, was rejected on Monday. This comes after previous offers of £37 million and £41 million were also turned down. The future of the potential transfer now hangs in the balance as talks between the two clubs continue.
Southampton has remained firm on their stance that the 19-year-old midfielder will not be allowed to leave this summer for anything less than £50 million. Chief executive Phil Parsons emphasized the club’s determination to hold out for their valuation in a recent interview. He highlighted the financial implications of relegation and expressed the club’s willingness to trim the squad and sell assets if necessary, but not at a discounted price.
Romeo Lavia, who was an unused substitute in Southampton’s 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in their Championship opener, may or may not feature in the Carabao Cup first round against Gillingham. His involvement in the cup tie would render him cup-tied for other clubs. The uncertainty surrounding his situation adds to the intrigue of the ongoing negotiations between Liverpool and Southampton.
Liverpool, who have already made significant signings this summer with the acquisitions of Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai, may hesitate to meet Southampton’s demands for Lavia. The club has invested heavily in the transfer window, and paying an inflated fee for a relatively inexperienced player could be a deterrent. However, Lavia is highly regarded and would undoubtedly be a valuable addition to Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
To secure Lavia’s services, Liverpool might need to reconsider their offer and potentially increase it. The coming days will reveal whether the two clubs can find common ground and reach an agreement that satisfies both parties. Liverpool’s pursuit of the talented midfielder hangs in the balance, and only time will tell if they can meet Southampton’s demands and complete the transfer.