Daily News Portal

Lavia decides to join Chelsea over Liverpool

Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia has decided to join Chelsea.

Relations between the two clubs are good, so no issues are anticipated regarding an agreement.

A fee in the region of £50million plus add-ons is expected to seal the 19-year-old’s transfer.

Chelsea faced competition from Liverpool for the Belgium international, but the Anfield side are aware of Lavia’s choice.

Lavia would be joining another Liverpool target, Moises Caicedo, in moving to Stamford Bridge.

Follow the summer transfer window with The Athletic

Caicedo is moving to Chelsea in a British record £115m deal, despite Liverpool seeing a £110m bid accepted by Brighton. The 21-year-old Ecuador international ultimately expressed a preference to play for the west London team.

Both Liverpool and Chelsea have also tabled previous bids this summer for Lavia, who has not appeared in Southampton’s opening two games of the 2023-24 Championship season.

Jurgen Klopp identified him as a potential replacement for Fabinho after the Brazil international recently completed a switch to Al Ittihad in the Saudi Pro League.

The Athletic reported on August 7 Liverpool had a third bid of around £46m rejected for Lavia.

Chelsea and Liverpool drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday in their opening fixture of the Premier League campaign.


When Romeo met Pep: The story of Lavia, Guardiola and a trip to Belgium

(Photo: Getty Images)


Read More:Lavia decides to join Chelsea over Liverpool