Liverpool have set their sights on their third transfer of the summer term as they prepare an official bid for Southampton star Romeo Lavia.
Jürgen Klopp has already made two midfield additions this summer, with Alexis Mac Allister coming from Brighton and Dominik Szoboszlai coming from RB Leipzig. However, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita, James Milner and Arthur Melo all leaving the club, the Reds boss is eager to add more bodies to his squad.
According to talkSPORT (via the Mirror), Liverpool will make an opening bid for 19-year-old Lavia, who is valued at £50 million by Southampton. Anfield is reportedly facing competition from Chelsea for the ex-Manchester City player.
Lavia made 29 appearances for relegated Southampton last season, scoring his first senior goal in August in a 2-1 win over Chelsea. His last Premier League game for the Saints was against Liverpool with the midfielder playing most of the thrilling 4-4 draw.
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Premier League champions City insisted on including a 20% sell-on clause in the deal that brought Lavia to Southampton last year. Pep Guardiola’s side also has a buy-back option for the Belgium international which takes effect in 2024.
Szoboszlai has joined Liverpool for around £60 million after helping RB Leipzig secure Champions League football last season. Klopp now seems keen to add Lavia to his midfield ranks, with the youngster seen as a potential replacement for the departed Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The Liverpool boss hopes the additions of Mac Allister and Szoboszlai can help the Reds return to the top four after finishing four points outside the Champions League places last season.
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Of Szoboszlai, Klopp said: “I’m pretty sure he was still a teenager then and he’s made some big strides since then, only to become captain of his national team at an incredibly young age.
“These are real positives and this is before we even think about his qualities as a footballer. I won’t say too much about it at this stage, other than that it’s definitely the kind that will hopefully bring a lot of fun and also us help to get results.
“There is no pressure though. Dominik is still a very young player. He has so much development ahead of him and this means it makes sense for all of us to be patient and give him the time and space to let his talent come through . within our team.”
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