Romeo Lavia agrees to sign with Chelsea despite Liverpool's bid

Romeo Lavia has decided to join Chelsea instead of Liverpool

The Guardian stated that Liverpool had reached an agreement on a price for the 19-year-old prodigy after appearing to lose out on Moises Caicedo, another target.

However, the most recent information indicates that he will move to Stamford Bridge, with the sum reportedly expected to be about £50 million plus add-ons. Following the completion of James Ward-Prowse’s £30 million transfer to West Ham United, the Saints are planning to release another midfielder.

Chelsea and Liverpool have been vying for the Belgian’s services all summer, with the Reds ultimately succeeding. But this transfer is far from over and runs much deeper than the surface would imply. Lavia is a sensational young centre midfielder who rose through Manchester City’s fabled academy ranks. He excels both on and off the ball and plays in the base of the midfield. He is not afraid to get his hands dirty when attempting to reclaim possession. He can receive and play while under pressure.

The 19-year-old moved to the South Coast in July 2022 and was dropped into the deep end without any preparation. On the first weekend of the season, he made his red and white debut. He got the ball as Southampton lost 4-1 to Tottenham Hotspur and stood out in an otherwise lacklustre Saints team. Lavia kept up his impressive performance as the season progressed, but he was unable to do enough by himself to salvage Ruben Selles’ capsized vessel.

According to The Guardian, Jurgen Klopp’s team has reached a contract for £60 million for Lavia, which is double what West Ham spent for Ward-Prowse. However, it now appears that he will be moving to Chelsea for a reputed £50 million cost with add-ons. The two teams have also been vying for the services of Brighton midfielder Caicedo, with the Blues currently the front-runners after agreeing to a $115 million transfer fee, which is a new British record.

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