Romeo Lavia has been on Liverpool’s top list to sign this summer with The Reds ready to splash £50m for the 23-year-old.
Chelsea also have shown interest in the Belgian international as they look to revamp their squad under new boss Pochettino.
Though the Blues are yet to make an official bid, Futballnews understands personal terms with both Liverpool and Chelsea are not expected to be a problem.
Romeo Lavia played 45 minutes of Southampton’s pre-season friendly defeat to Bournemouth on Tuesday night and has four years left on his contract.
Lavia joined from Manchester City last summer, but he is expected to leave after Saints were relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season.
Lavia has a clause in his contract which grants Manchester City an option to buy back their former player at £40m – it’s not active until the summer of 2024.
Roméo Lavia is a Belgian footballer who was born on 6 January, 2004 and plays as a defensive midfielder for Southampton and the Belgium national team.
Romeo Lavia was born in Belgium. He is of Ghanaian descent. Though he can play for both countries, he decided not to play for the latter.
In 2019, he played one official game for the Belgium U15 youth team and also one for the Belgium U16 in which he scored once.
On 17 March 2023, he received his first call-up to the Belgian senior national team by manager Domenico Tedesco, for the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying match against Sweden and the friendly against Germany.
Romeo Lavia is a youth product of the Belgian club Anderlecht, where he started playing since he was eight years old at their training centre in Neerpede nearby Brussels.
Pep Guardiola discovered him at a local international youth tournament for players under the age of 15.
Pep was there on invitation by his player Kevin De Bruyne, who is co-organizer of this tournament that also bears his name – the KDB Cup,.
Lavia left Anderlecht when he was 16 for Manchester City in the summer of 2020, and signed his first professional contract.
He immediately joined U18 where he quickly stood out and in November that year, after only eleven appearances, Romeo Lavia was already promoted to the U23.
The Belgian won the the Premier League 2 championship in April 2021 and was voted player of the season.
Romeo Lavia started training with the first-team in 2021 and earned a selection into the squad of the Citizens to play the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League.
He subsequently made his professional debut at the age of seventeen on 21 September 2021, at the third round of the 2021–22 EFL Cup against Wycombe Wanderers.
Lavia joined Southampton and signed a five-year contract on 6th July 2022 and on 6 August 2022, he made his debut in a 4–1 loss away to Tottenham Hotspur.
Romeo Lavia scored his first goal on 30 August 2022 in the Saints’ 2–1 win over Chelsea, becoming the first player born in 2004 to score in the Premier League.
How Good Is Romeo Lavia?
Lavia is a defensive midfielder and he stated that his inspirations are Barcelona player Sergio Busquets and his former Man City teammate Fernandinho.
The Belgian has visibly expressed himself to be comfortable when recovering the ball, making use of the intense pressing using intelligence, tenacity, along with pace, and when he makes line-breaking deep passes.
Roméo Lavia’s Girlfriend
Lavia is not in any relationship at the moment as the Defensive Midfielder prefers to spend time on training grounds to improve himself in the game rather than being in a relationship.
Also, there have been no pictures of him with any girl on social media accounts and we can confirm that he is currently single and not dating anyone.