As a result of Fabinho’s departure to Saudi Arabia and Jordan Henderson also seeking a new home in the Middle East, Liverpool had only one player whose main job was at the bottom of midfield, 18-year-old midfielder Stefan Bajcetic, and a defensive midfielder was essential.
They became serious about signing Romeo Lavia, a Belgian midfielder who plays for Southampton, and increased the price step by step, presenting three offers that were rejected after failing to reach their asking price. While negotiations stalled, Chelsea made an offer with better conditions, which was also rejected.
The battle between Liverpool and Chelsea may become even more heated. According to The Athletic, the Reds have made contact with Brighton for Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo, although they have not made an official offer.
The Reds feel that the £50 million that Southampton continues to demand is too much, and with no progress still being made, they are considering a swoop for Caicedo, who has been following developments since the beginning of the season and is believed to be on the verge of a move to Chelsea.
Brighton has rejected offers from the Blues totaling £80 million, and is said to be seeking a fee of around £100 million pounds. The player himself is leaning toward a move to Chelsea, and has been reported throughout the transfer market to join the club.
The battle between Liverpool and Chelsea for the defensive midfielder erupted as the start of the Premier League season approached. In the end, it seems as if Lavia will go to Anfield and Caicedo will settle down at Stamford Bridge.
Which club will these young midfielders, who have developed a reputation in England, seek a new home?