Chelsea have overtaken Liverpool as favourites to sign Romeo Lavia after an incredible 24 hours in the transfer market.

This time yesterday the Reds were reeling from the news that Chelsea were attempting to hijack their attempt to buy Lavia from Southampton. But the tables were then turned, as Liverpool launched a successful endeavour to outbid the Blues for Moises Caicedo.

Now, with Caicedo on the verge of joining Liverpool, Lavia has been left in limbo. Having reported that he was still prioritising a move to Anfield last night, journalist Sacha Tavolieri took to Twitter this morning with a change of tune.

Romeo Lavia
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“Liverpool FC agrees a 111M£ deal for Moises Caicedo tonight. It was a transfer expected to move on his future last night… It happened,” Tavolieri says.

“Be careful until the end because you are not immune of a last-minute bid from Chelsea for the BHAFC midfielder as this transfer window seems unstable but… This transfer hijack will have a direct impact on Romeo Lavia’s future now more likely to join Chelsea. More news to follow.”

Lavia set to miss out on Liverpool dream

The fates of both Lavia and Caicedo are now completely intertwined. It seems virtually certain that one will go to Liverpool and one will go to Chelsea.

Clearly, Lavia is the cheaper of the two options and therefore usually the one you’d expect to end up at Anfield.

But with terms already agreed with Brighton and a medical slated for today, the Reds have gone for the nuclear option with Caicedo.

Romeo Lavia
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For the Southampton man, that must be incredibly disappointing. By the sounds of things personal terms had been agreed with him and he was looking forward to the move.

But if the Reds do walk away from this, then they should do so with a clear conscience. They put three good offers to Southampton for Lavia. His club are well within their rights to reject those, but that’s unlikely to appease the player.

Still, who knows what Liverpool are planning. It’s not out of the question that they honour their conversations with Lavia and come back to get him.

You’d imagine that Jurgen Klopp wouldn’t like to leave a player out in the cold like that. Chelsea do still need a midfielder too though, so Liverpool need to be quick if that’s the plan.

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