Chelsea: Blues in the race to sign Romeo Lavia this summer
Chelsea are among a number of clubs who are interested in signing Southampton youngster Romeo Lavia, according to a fresh transfer update.
The Lowdown: Lavia a big young talent
The 19-year-old has already become an important part of Saints’ squad this season, starting 13 Premier League games and chipping in with one goal from defensive midfield.
Lavia looks set to have a big future in the game but that may lie away from Southampton, especially if they suffer relegation to the Championship in May.
Now, a new report suggests that Chelsea could be the teenager’s next destination.
The Latest: Chelsea make approach
According to The Daily Mail, the Blues are battling both Manchester United and Arsenal for the signing of Lavia during the summer transfer window.
He is believed to be ‘in Chelsea’s sights’ and ‘enquiries’ have already been made regarding the potential transfer coming to fruition.
The Verdict: Part of the midfield rebuild?
It is imperative that young blood is added to the Blues’ midfield moving forward, with Enzo Fernandez hopefully just the beginning of their rebuild in that area.
Lavia could be an ideal long-term acquisition by Chelsea, with journalist Jabob Tanswell saying he is ‘frankly ridiculous’, following the recent 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
At 19, the Saints starlet is clearly still a work in progress but he already has 15 Premier League appearances to his name, as well as one cap for Belgium’s Under-21s.
The idea of moving to Chelsea could be too great for the £25,000-a-week Lavia to turn down, hopefully allowing him to reach his potential and eventually become a regular at the heart of the midfield.