Journalist Claims Player Is Hoping To Secure £50M Transfer To Liverpool “Today”

Journalist Claims Player Is Hoping To Secure £50M Transfer To Liverpool “Today”

Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia is looking to seal a move to Liverpool “today”, according to journalist Sacha Tavolieri.

The Belgian is not in the Saints’ squad for the Carabao Cup first-round tie against Gillingham this evening and Tavolieri says that is because a transfer to the Reds could be imminent:

Jurgen Klopp’s side have already had three bids knocked back for Lavia; the latest being worth a reported £45m.

Southampton are said to be holding out for their £50m asking price and it remains to be seen whether Liverpool will now cede to their demands.

Why does Lavia have a sky-high valuation?

The 19-year-old signed for Southampton from Manchester City for £14m last summer, but there was a sell-on clause included in the deal that means that the Citizens are owed 20% if the Saints decide to offload the player.

Negotiations with the Saints have consequently been rather tough, as they know they will only receive £40m even if Liverpool meet their valuation.

Would Liverpool be overpaying to sign the teenager?

The short answer is ‘yes’. They are paying a premium to bring in the Belgian international, but there is context as to why they may be willing to do so.

Lavia is a highly rated young player, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United having also pursued his signature and, if he does realise his potential, he could be a mainstay of Liverpool’s midfield for many years. For that reason, overpaying now may prove to be worth it in the long run, but it is still a rather big gamble.

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.