Liverpool have embarked on an overhaul of their midfield this summer with Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, James Milner and Naby Keita leaving for Al Ettifaq while Jurgen Klopp has already recruited Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai from Brighton and RB Leipzig respectively.
However, their pursuit of Romeo Lavia has run into difficulty after Southampton refused to reduce their valuation of him and 90min understands a third bid was turned down.
The Reds’ third bid is PS46m
Liverpool are reported to have submitted an improved bid of PS46million for Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia. Their previous two offers were both rejected; Lavia made 29 Premier League appearances despite their relegation.
Jurgen Klopp will be looking for additional midfield reinforcements as the new season nears, already signing Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai; Jordan Henderson and Fabinho having left for Al Ettifaq and Al Ittihad respectively.
German Manager Niko Kovac requires someone who can play in a deep-lying role and Lavia fits this bill perfectly. He is an exceptional passer of the ball who commands control from central areas while being press resistant. Furthermore, Lavia covers lots of ground like an effective holding midfielder does; yet Southampton have indicated throughout this summer they won’t accept offers that fall below their valuation of him.
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The Belgian’s valuation is PS50m
With Fabinho likely departing for Saudi Arabia and Jordan Henderson possibly following suit, Jurgen Klopp is keen to sign a midfielder. Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai may help fill this void; but Jurgen Klopp knows the Reds require another specialist player in this position.
According to Belgian transfer guru Sacha Tavolieri, Liverpool are set to make an initial bid for Lavia that won’t meet Southampton’s asking price of PS50m.
Saints have ensured Lavia will stay with them by inserting three clauses in his contract: firstly, they can match any offer made for Lavia; secondly, they retain 20% of any future sale; and finally there is an exclusive buyback clause set to take effect in 2024 worth approximately PS40million.
However, Liverpool may choose to increase their bid if they truly believe he will become a key part of Anfield over time. Should other clubs show interest in bidding for him as well, though, their buyback clause could dissuade others.
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The Reds are still interested in him
Liverpool are looking to sign a central midfielder this summer as they prepare to replace Fabinho and Jordan Henderson who will move to the Middle East. Jurgen Klopp is believed to have an extensive shortlist that includes Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat, Bayern Munich’s Ryan Gravenberch and Kalvin Phillips from Fiorentina.
But Lavia has emerged as a priority target for Reds, with two bids already rejected by Southampton for her 19-year-old. Southampton are holding out for an offer similar to what Manchester City paid them in order to acquire her last summer.
Ben Jacobs of TransferExpert recently told GiveMeSport that potential suitors of Southampton midfielder Jordan Ibe will likely hope that Southampton lower their valuation for him to make a deal this summer possible. Jacobs believes it must happen.
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Andre of Fluminense is a potential target
Given Jordan Henderson and Fabinho are leaving Liverpool this summer for Middle Eastern clubs, Jurgen Klopp must find another defensive midfielder quickly. Already Dominic Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister have been added to his squad; but Jurgen will surely look to secure more deals before Premier League kicks off on Friday.
Romeo Lavia remains a top target for Liverpool FC, but they remain far behind Southampton’s asking price for their star teen from Championship club Southampton. Their two bids of PS37m and PS41m for Romeo Lavia were rejected by Southampton who are holding out for closer to PS50m as an asking price for Romeo Lavia.
Liverpool have another potential option available to them in Fluminense’s 22-year-old Andre Trindade from Fluminense. He proved himself as an effective ball carrier last season by making an average of 1.7 progressive take-ons per 90 minutes, and Klopp already had an established relationship with Trindade’s agent Jorge Mendes, who also represents Liverpool duo Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota.