Liverpool “In A Hurry” to Seal £45M Transfer After “Chelsea Tried” To Hijack Move

Liverpool “In A Hurry” to Seal £45M Transfer After “Chelsea Tried” To Hijack Move

Liverpool are “in a hurry” to seal the signature of Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia, according to journalist Sacha Tavolieri.

The Belgian reporter, who has had the inside track on this move from the very beginning, claims that the Reds will up their bid from £37m to £45m for the Belgian international after rivals “Chelsea tried” to muscle in on the transfer:

Tavolieri has already claimed that Lavia has agreed personal terms with Liverpool and that he “wants” to join the Reds, so the Merseyside club do have a crucial advantage over Chelsea, who seem to have joined the race for his services pretty late on.

Of course, that doesn’t rule them out from hijacking the deal if they make a big enough offer for the 19-year-old.

Liverpool’s next bid will still fall short of Southampton’s asking price

It is believed that Jurgen Klopp’s side will table a proposal worth £42.5m upfront, with another £2.5m in add-ons, which is still below the Saints’ £50m valuation.

The reason why the Championship club are demanding so much for Lavia is due to the fact that the midfielder’s previous team, Manchester City, have a 20% sell-on clause so, even with an offer totalling £45m, Southampton will receive only £36m.

A deal by this weekend?

If, as Tavolieri claims, the Reds want Lavia in before the tour of Singapore begins, it means we could see negotiations accelerate in the next few days.

Klopp’s men take on Leicester City in the Far East on Sunday before they face Bayern Munich in a week’s time.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.