On Monday morning, reports emerged stating that Liverpool have reached an agreement to acquire Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia.
Liverpool had been actively seeking to secure a defensive midfielder during this summer transfer window, particularly following the departures of players such as Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, and James Milner.
Initially, Lavia was the primary target, but the club’s focus shifted to Moises Caicedo. Progress was being made with Caicedo, evidenced by Brighton accepting a £110 million offer and scheduling a medical examination.
However, Chelsea, also vying for Lavia’s signature, outbid Liverpool with a £115 million proposal. This increased offer from Chelsea appears to be on track to secure the services of the Ecuadorian player.
The Guardiansay that Liverpool have agreed a £60 million fee with Southampton for Lavia but they must now convince him to pick them over Chelsea.
Liverpool have agreed a £60m deal to sign Romeo Lavia from Southampton. They must still convince the midfielder to choose them over Chelsea. More on @guardian_sport soon
— Jacob Steinberg (@JacobSteinberg) August 14, 2023
Liverpool’s pursuit of the ex-Manchester City player faced three consecutive rebuffs, as Southampton remains steadfast in seeking the maximum feasible price.
However, Chelsea entered the competition and has set sights on both Lavia and Caicedo to bolster Mauricio Pochettino’s midfield lineup.
On Friday, Chelsea submitted a bid of £55 million for the Belgian midfielder, but Liverpool outdid them with their offer.
As reported by Ben Jacobs of CBS Sports, Lavia has consistently shown an inclination towards joining Liverpool. Ultimately, if Chelsea chooses to equal the most recent bid, it will be up to Lavia to decide his destination.
Lavia came to England in 2020, signing for City from Anderlecht. He made two appearances for the first-team in the 2021/22 campaign but left for Southampton in a £14 million deal last summer.
He played 29 times in the Premier League as Saints were relegated last term and wants to leave the club.
Because of a sell-on clause inserted in his contract, City will take 20% of the fee Southampton receive.
The Blues also included a £40 million buy-back clause but it can only be activated in 2024 and will therefore be rendered obsolete should he move on.