Chelsea have reportedly made a bid for Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia, according to talkSPORT. The offer is said to be around £48 million, which is closer to Southampton’s valuation of £50 million compared to Liverpool’s recent proposal. Liverpool has had three bids rejected by Southampton for Lavia, with their latest offer believed to be up to £45 million. Negotiations between Liverpool and Southampton over the price of Lavia have been ongoing throughout the transfer window. Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher expressed his frustration with the situation, urging his former club to either meet Southampton’s asking price or move on. However, Chelsea’s offer still falls short of Southampton’s valuation. Lavia, a Belgium international, joined Southampton from Manchester City last summer in a £14 million deal and is contracted until 2027. This move for Lavia suggests that Chelsea may have abandoned their pursuit of Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo, as their offers of £70 million and £80 million were rejected, with Brighton reportedly seeking £90 million for the Ecuadorian player.
Chelsea have gazumped their Premier League rivals Liverpool in their pursuit of highly-rated fullback Romeo Lavia. The London-based club have reportedly tabled a £50million offer for the 25-year-old, after Liverpool’s £45million offer was rejected last week.
Romeo Lavia, an Italian international, currently plays for Serie A club Fiorentina, and has been a key part of their squad over the past few seasons.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is said to be highly keen to secure Lavia’s signature, as he sees him as a potential long-term successor to club stalwarts Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.
Liverpool are believed to be disappointed at Chelsea’s latest move to snap up the defender, with Jurgen Klopp’s team taking their pursuit of new players this summer seriously.
However, with Chelsea’s strong financial backing and their renewed ambition to challenge for titles, they are said to be willing to pay the £50million asking price for Lavia.
It remains to be seen if Chelsea’s offer will be accepted, but one thing’s for sure – the Blues look set to reignite their rivalry with Liverpool for the title of English football’s best team.