Liverpool are reportedly expected to make a third offer to sign Romeo Lavia, with Southampton this week rejecting a second bid from the Reds for the midfielder.
According to 90min, another attempt will be made by Liverpool to sign the Belgian international, with the Anfield having a £42m bid shot down by the Saints for Lavia, who is keen on a move to Merseyside.
Liverpool have made it clear that they want to sign Lavia before the start of the new Premier League season, with time running out for the Reds to bring in the 19-year-old wonderkid in the next two weeks.
Praised by Jadon Sancho as a ‘special’ player, Lavia would be the final piece of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield rebuild after the signings of Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai. Though Southampton are proving to be tricky sellers.
The now-Championship side are rightly demanding a good fee for their star midfielder, and whilst Liverpool could secure Lavia’s signature for below £50m, the likelihood of such a deal now taking place feels low.
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Indeed, Liverpool’s lowball attempts have been shot down by Southampton swiftly and without remorse, and it could now result in the Reds going on the offensive to sign their new midfield priority.
Liverpool could buckle and pay £50m to sign Lavia
Liverpool are eager to not pay Southampton the full £50m for Lavia, yet with two bids now dead in the water, the Reds could face no other choice but to give the Saints what they want for the midfielder.
As we know, Lavia is being eyed by the Anfield side as a replacement for Fabinho. And such a key signing should be enough to force Liverpool to pay the full fee for the Belgian international.
Moreover, the longer this deal drags out, the quicker Lavia will be in Liverpool colours and training with the squad, a prospect that Klopp must now be dreaming about.