Having secured an Argentine midfielder and a Hungarian midfielder, Liverpool is interested in a defensive midfielder who can replace Fabinho as they look to rebuild their midfield, and recent reports suggest that Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia is a top target.
The young Belgian midfielder joined Southampton from Manchester City in last summer’s transfer window and made 34 appearances throughout the season. Since the team was relegated from the Premier League, the player is said to be looking for a move, and besides Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea have also shown interest.
According to the FootballTransfers, the Southampton midfielder wants to move to Arsenal, despite the fierce competition. The report also says that this is due to playing in the Champions League, the presence of Mikel Arteta, and mid- to long-term projects they have.
However, Arsenal is close to acquiring West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, which would fill the defensive midfielder position. Thomas Partey has been rumored to be on his way out, but with experienced Italian midfielder Jorginho waiting in the wings, the club is not a pressing need for reinforcements.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are looking for a player who can handle the bottom of midfield and play as a replacement for Fabinho and a rival to Stefan Bajcetic. Khéphren Thuram’s name is also smoldering, but it seems that Lavia is only the top priority at the moment.
Although Southampton is demanding £50m, there should be room for negotiations due to the player’s demands and the fact that the club will be forced to play in the Championship next season with less budgets.
Although the truth of this report cannot be grasped, can Liverpool bring a 19-year-old defensive midfielder to Anfield as a third signing?