Liverpool set to signal ‘one in one million’ £40m expertise underneath the noses of Arsenal and Chelsea: report
Liverpool are closing in on a “one in one million” expertise so as to add to the midfield forward of subsequent season.
The Reds have formally confirmed (opens in new tab) the departures of 4 first-team gamers in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino, which means that three midfielders are exiting this summer time. It is broadly thought that Jurgen Klopp will need to strengthen in that place – however the membership’s assertion additional reinforces the necessity for brand new blood within the Liverpool squad.
The Merseysiders have been linked with a bunch of gamers who can play within the centre of the park however now, one star who has been linked with a bunch of huge sides equivalent to Arsenal and Chelsea has emerged as trying likeliest to maneuver to Anfield.
In keeping with Belgian journalist, Sacha Tavolieri (opens in new tab), relegated Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia is ready to go away St. Mary’s after only one a season, with the Reds in pole place for the £40m star’s signature.
“Sure [he will leave the club], he is likely one of the large gamers who has proven his abilities and skills this season, so he received’t be a part of the mission of Southampton within the Championship, that I can guarantee you,” Tavolieri stated on Redmen TV (opens in new tab).
“Because it stands Liverpool are the closest membership [to signing Lavia], in the meanwhile there’s no actual signal from Guardiola that he needs him again. It appears to be like like Manchester are ready to see what occurs with Gundogan earlier than they determine what they need to do with Lavia.”
Lavia has been considered one of few positives in a dreary season for the Saints, with curiosity from a number of large sides. As quoted by Het Nieuwsblad through InsideFutbol (opens in new tab), Vincent Kompany – who noticed Lavia up shut whereas at Anderlecht – described the teenager as “one in one million”.
“When Romeo was nonetheless coaching right here with the A-squad, he confirmed he was very desperate to be taught and prepared to hear,” Kompany stated of the expertise whereas at Anderlecht. “He picked up quite a bit and confirmed that he’s aggressive in recovering the ball and whereas additionally being calm on the ball.”
Lavia is valued at €25m by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab).
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The Reds are taking a look at various attainable alternate options, together with Ryan Gravenberch of Bayern Munich, Inter Milan star Nicolo Barella, Brighton midfielder Moises Caidedo and Chelsea fringe midfielder Conor Gallagher. Ex-Pink Jose Enrique has questioned whether or not the Merseysiders even wanted Bellingham, anyway.