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“Will Be The Most Intelligent Signing” – Arsenal And Chelsea Fight For The £45m Valued Player

Arsenal Transfer News: Because of certain provisions in his contract, both Arsenal and Chelsea may increase their pursuit of Romeo Lavia

Arsenal Transfer News: It has been reported by Football Insider that Arsenal and Chelsea will increase their pursuit of Romeo Lavia this summer. Should Southampton be relegated, Manchester United, who has shown interest in the £45 million-valued player, may pursue his departure. This summer, Southampton spent £12 million for a 19-year-old youngster named Romeo Lavia, who was then mostly unknown. His play in the middle for the Saints this season has led many to say the club got a great bargain on him.

If Southampton chooses to sell him, Manchester City has placed a few stipulations that might affect how much he is worth on the market. Manchester City has shown interest and is said to have put a buy-back provision in the deal worth £40 million, as previously reported. Even though the story claims the provision won’t kick in until 2024, rival teams like Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United might pounce on the situation this summer. It’s possible Lavia would enjoy a return to Manchester City. He may get more playing time from the other major suitors.

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"Will Be The Most Intelligent Signing" - Arsenal And Chelsea Fight For The £45m Valued Player

Lavia will serve as Rodri’s deputy at Manchester City due to the club’s emphasis on having a single pivot. Kalvin Phillips, who has had a terrible season so far, might be replaced by him. Meanwhile, Manchester United has shown interest in the player, who is valued at £45 million. Nevertheless, Manchester City’s inclusion of a 20% sell-on provision might cause issues for the Red Devils. Coach Erik ten Hag wants to add a new midfielder to his team. Casemiro has been a massive success at Old Trafford, but he still needs a reliable partner. Manchester United may make a bid for Southampton’s 19-year-old Lavia after being pleased by his performance in Manchester United’s recent visit to Southampton.

At now, Arsenal and Chelsea stand out as Lavia’s most likely destinations. If Southampton are relegated, the 19-year-old midfielder may look for a new club. The Gunners want to add depth to their midfield and have made Declan Rice a top target. Arsenal is reportedly interested in Lavia because of his skills. The club’s scouting staff thinks the Belgian checks off a lot of boxes. Clubs may use Southampton’s £40 million buy-back clause as bargaining power.

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What’s next for Romeo Lavia?

Although Chelsea has been interested in the midfielder since last summer, he has been with another team. While he had not yet played for Southampton after his move from Manchester City, reports indicated that they were willing to pay £50 million to get his services. A deal for a midfielder to pair with Enzo Fernandez is high on Todd Boehly’s to-do list.

Chelsea has been making movements, and Lavia is still being monitored. The Blues were also interested in Rice, but they may have worried that their absence from the Champions League next season would hurt their chances of signing him. Lavia may have the upper hand on Arsenal for the West Ham midfielder.

The summer is when the London giants will make a serious push to capture the midfielder. Manchester City might make a move based on their terms. But ultimately, it would be up to Lavia to decide. Manchester United, meanwhile, will be waiting in the wings to pounce.

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