Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia still prefers a move to Liverpool despite Chelsea launching a bid for him.
Chelsea have made their move for Romeo Lavia but the Southampton midfielder still wants to join Liverpool instead.
That is according to a claim from Belgian reporter Sacha Tavolieri, who has been a regular source on Lavia’s future this summer.
Tavolieri claims that Lavia is ‘clear’ in his mind in terms of what he wants – a move to Liverpool.
Chelsea offered £48million to sign Lavia on Wednesday night, an offer Southampton rejected as they hold out for £50million.
The Blues will have been hoping to hijack Liverpool and win the race, especially with Joe Shields at the club.
Shields worked with Lavia at Manchester City, brought him to Southampton and then moved on to Chelsea, so that relationship could be key.
However, Tavolieri believes that Chelsea’s move hasn’t turned Lavia’s head and he is still focused on joining Liverpool.
The Reds haven’t made a fourth bid yet, having had a third offer of £46million rejected earlier this week.
Romeo Lavia may have Liverpool move snatched away
Liverpool have made Lavia their top target in recent weeks but the landscape has changed today.
The Telegraph reported earlier today that Liverpool have suddenly moved in to try and beat Chelsea to the signing of Moises Caicedo.
The Brighton and Hove Albion star has been Chelsea’s key target for weeks but Liverpool are now looking to outbid the Blues.
Sky Sports reporter Melissa Reddy adds that Liverpool have already discussed a payment plan with Brighton as they attempt to structure a deal for Caicedo.
The ball is now in Chelsea’s court and much will of course depend on what Caicedo wants to do but Liverpool’s interest has ramped up today.
Liverpool won’t be buying both Caicedo and Lavia, so their pursuit of the Ecuadorian leaves Lavia at risk of missing out on an Anfield switch – and maybe he will end up fancying Chelsea after all