Chelsea prepare January bid to rescue £50m-rated midfielder from relegation threat

Romeo Lavia and Kyle Walker-Peters Credit: Alamy
Romeo Lavia and Kyle Walker-Peters Credit: Alamy

Chelsea are ready to make a second attempt at signing Romeo Lavia from Southampton, according to a report.

Lavia was on Chelsea’s radar a few months ago in the wake of his transfer from Manchester City to Southampton. Ultimately, the club from the South Coast were not willing to let go of their new investment so soon after purchasing him.

That said, Chelsea could have offered them a substantial profit. And now, the Blues may be about to try their luck again.

According to a report from 90min, Chelsea could make a bid for Lavia in January.

Not only is Joe Shields – the recruiter who is moving from Southampton to Chelsea himself – keen on Lavia, but other members of the Blues’ transfer team are in agreement that he is worth investing in.

Therefore, Chelsea are considering the option of making another bid for Lavia this month. For their part, Southampton are reluctant to sell still, but may listen to offers above £50million, the report claims.

Saints are currently bottom of the Premier League, so are planning to make their own signings in January. To fund them, selling Lavia might actually help.

However, they have only got nine appearances out of him so far due to injury. Having tied him down to a contract until 2027, they will want to see more from him.

But money talks and Chelsea have plenty of it. Therefore, they might be putting together a package to try and tempt Southampton into doing business.

Chelsea aim to add Romeo Lavia to midfield

Chelsea have been focusing on young players they can build around in the transfer market in recent months. Since Todd Boehly took over, they have brought in the likes of Carney Chukwuemeka, Cesare Casadei, Omari Hutchinson and Gabriel Slonina, all of whom are under the age of 21.

This month, they have already added Benoit Badiashile, David Datro Fofana and Andrey Santos. All three form part of the same policy.

Midfield is an area Chelsea are specifically keen to take a look at. By the end of this season, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho will be out of contract. Both are into their 30s.

Chelsea must also decide what to do with Denis Zakaria, who is on loan from Juventus. Furthermore, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mateo Kovacic are due to reach the end of their contracts in 2024.

Therefore, an evolution may be required in the middle. The signings of Chukwuemeka, Casadei and Santos show that understanding, but it will be important to bring in some players who have a good blend of experience and potential.

Lavia is still getting started himself in all honesty. But the fact he has been able to put a run of games together in the Premier League already suggests he has the potential to be a success.

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