Southampton have declined Liverpool’s third bid for Romeo Lavia, according to talkSPORT. The bid is reported to be valued at up to £45 million, but Southampton is holding out for £50 million. Lavia, who joined Southampton from Manchester City last summer, is the subject of interest from Liverpool. The initial bid of £35 million was swiftly rejected by Southampton, and the second offer fell significantly short of the Championship club’s valuation of the player. Stay tuned for further updates. For the latest news, including this story, you can listen to talkSPORT.
Liverpool have seen their third bid for Southampton’s star defender, Romeo Lavia, rejected as they fall short of meeting the club’s valuation once again.
Romeo Lavia, 27, has long been the target of Liverpool’s attention, as Jurgen Klopp looks to complete his squad ahead of the coming season. With Virgil van Dijk set to be out for a significant period due to injury, the Reds’ need for a central defender has increased.
Liverpool had bids of £27 million and £36.7 million turned down earlier on in the window, but their latest bid has fallen £10 million short of what The Saints have been evaluated at.
Southampton are in a secure negotiating position. Lavia was the mainstay of the Saints’ defence last season, playing every minute of their Premier League campaign. Moreover, his contract does not expire until June 2022. This gives Southampton the confidence to hold Liverpool to their asking price.
With the window closing on the 5th October, this could spell the end of Liverpool’s interest in Romeo Lavia. As other teams circle around Southampton’s defender, Klopp has to look elsewhere in order to bolster his defensive plan.