Chelsea have agreed a deal with Southampton for Romeo Lavia worth £50million plus add-ons, talkSPORT understands.
The teenager has chosen to join the Blues over the Reds, despite Liverpool agreeing a £60million deal to sign the 19-year-old.
Southampton accepted a £60m offer from Liverpool for midfielder LaviaGetty
The Saints midfielder looks set to snub them for ChelseaGetty
talkSPORT reported on Sunday how the Reds were expected to match Chelsea’s £55m offer to sign the 19-year-old.
But the Merseyside giants then tabled a higher bid than their Premier League rivals as Jurgen Klopp desperately looks to bring in another midfielder.
Southampton and Liverpool reached an agreement over Lavia after the Championship club knocked back three offers from the Anfield outfit.
Their previous offer of £45m was rejected earlier this month, which led to Jamie Carragher to tell them to walk away from their ’embarrassing’ pursuit of the player.
But despite a fee being agreed with the Saints, Lavia had not yet agreed personal terms with Liverpool.
It is a very similar situation Liverpool encountered when they had a British record £111m proposal accepted by Brighton for Moises Caicedo.
Caicedo ultimately snubbed a switch to Liverpool as he now closes in on joining the Blues.
Now, Lavia has chosen to play for Mauricio Pochettino over Jurgen Klopp.
The teenager only joined the Saints from Manchester City last summerGetty
Southampton had been holding out for £50m for the teenager, but they are now set to pocket more than what they hoped for thanks to the bidding war.
Lavia only made the move to St Mary’s last summer for £14m, where he was one of their only bright sparks in what was an otherwise disastrous campaign.
He appeared in 35 games in all competitions, chipping in with a goal and an assist.