Transfer news: Liverpool’s third £50m signing edging closer as star ‘holds talks’ over transfer
Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool are stepping up their transfer plans for another big-money signing.
Romeo Lavia is supposedly on the verge of joining Liverpool for £50 million from Southampton, beating out competition from the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea.
Dominik Szoboszlai and Alexis MacAllister are two midfielders that Jurgen Klopp has already signed for the Reds as he continues to restructure his midfield in an effort to get his team back in contention for the Premier League’s top spot.
After losing James Milner, Naby Keita, Arthur Melo, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Thiago in the summer, as well as having Thiago and Jordan Henderson linked to moves to Saudi Arabia, it was questioned whether the Reds would sign a third midfielder amid concerns about a logjam in that position. However, the Reds may be able to make room for Lavia.
Other Liverpool targets have been Manu Kone and Khephren Thuram but attention appears to have turned towards Lavia, now journalist Pete O’Rourke have claimed that the Reds are convinced that the Belgian has chosen to join them ahead of their league rivals in a potential £50m deal.
With the 19-year-old keen on a move it is unlikely that personal terms would be an issue, though Liverpool are still yet to agree a fee with Southampton in the only reported major stumbling block remaining. Talks are ongoing between Lavia and the Reds as Klopp is said to be keen on bringing the teenager to Anfield.
Liverpool have been targeting Lavia as a more defensive-minded midfielder to compliment Mac Allister and Szoboszlai, while also providing a crucial rotation option for Fabinho who alongside several of his team-mates struggled last season to continue their form of recent years.
Manchester City, who sold Lavia to Southampton last summer, do have a buy-back clause though it is reportedly only active in 2024 – meaning that Pep Guardiola’s outfit would have to match the bids set by their rivals in order to bring him back to the club for the coming season.