Roméo Lavia may still sign with Chelsea this summer despite Liverpool’s keen interest in him
According to Dharmesh Sheth, a sports journalist for Sky Sports, the Blues won’t have any trouble negotiating personal terms with the 19-year-old. The London club hasn’t made the Saints an official bid, though. This week, Jurgen Klopp’s team increased their pursuit of the Belgian, making an opening bid of £37 million for the Saints starlet.
Liverpool is anticipated to make a higher offer in an effort to secure the transfer before the start of the top flight’s return next month. Sheth has stated that Chelsea still has a chance to beat them to Lavia’s signature.
According to the reporter, the midfielder would not have any trouble reaching an agreement with either Liverpool or Chelsea, indicating he has no preference as to where his next stop will be. In a preseason friendly on Tuesday against Bournemouth, Lavia played for 45 minutes as Southampton intensified their preseason preparations. In a £10.5 million move, the midfielder left Manchester City to join the Saints last summer. Many were impressed by the young player’s Premier League performances, despite the south coast club’s relegation to the Championship.
With a promotion drive this year, Russell Martin has been tasked with getting the team right back into the top flight. Several first team players are still rumoured to be leaving the club this summer, so St. Mary’s still has a lot of work to do. Lavia has emerged as the most well-known instance, and there is still no answer as to what his future holds. The league season for Martin’s team begins the next week on August 4 against Sheffield Wednesday.
With Mauricio Pochettino in control at Stamford Bridge, there is some hope that they will once again be able to fight at the top of the standings. The Blues had a miserable season last year, placing 12th in the standings following a summer of extravagant expenditure. Going to Chelsea would be riskier for Lavia than staying with Liverpool, whose recent record is significantly more outstanding. But if he were to sign for the London club as opposed to Anfield, he might end up playing a bigger role in the first team’s ambitions.