Liverpool are getting closer and closer to agreeing a deal with Southampton for midfielder Romeo Lavia.
The Reds have seemingly been locked in negotiations with the Championship club over Lavia for the past few weeks. Having seen an initial bid rejected, Liverpool look set to come back with an improved offer.
And according to French outlet Foot Mercato, that new, higher offer is set to be accepted by Southampton.
They claim that an agreement is now ‘one step away,’ with Lavia likely to cost Liverpool £43m.
The deal is reportedly in the process of being finalised, with the final figure between the two clubs said to be the only thing now missing.
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With that seemingly expected to come very soon though, the deal is claimed to be in the ‘final phase.’
All being well, it appears that Liverpool are in the last throes of getting this done. Phew!
Liverpool looking to finalise Lavia capture
As both of those sales dragged on, the Reds dealings with Southampton have perhaps been put on ice just a little.
But with Fabinho and Henderson now officially no longer Liverpool players, things now need to speed up.
As things stand, Liverpool currently have just six senior first team midfielders. Two of those are aged 20 or under, while only one is older than 24.
Clearly, Lavia doesn’t remedy that issue. Being only 19, he isn’t exactly an experienced head to take over from Fabinho and Henderson.
What he is though, is an exceptionally talented young player. Pep Guardiola called the Belgian ‘incredible’ last season [mancity.com], and while Liverpool may not have been expecting to bring him in as an immediate starter this summer, that’s where they currently are.
It would still be preferable to bring Lavia in alongside a more experienced additional midfielder. But for now, beggars can’t be choosers. Let’s get this done as quickly as we can and then assess if anything further can be sorted out.