Arsenal appears to be at the forefront of the competition to sign Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia, with reports indicating that the Gunners are ahead of other clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, and Manchester City in securing his services.
Arsenal’s Pursuit of Romeo Lavia
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal is considered the frontrunner to acquire Romeo Lavia from Southampton. The Belgian international is reportedly set to leave the Saints during the upcoming summer transfer window. Arsenal views Lavia as a possible replacement for Thomas Partey, who has garnered interest from Saudi Arabian teams.
Southampton values the 19-year-old midfielder at approximately £50 million. Despite their relegation to the Championship, the club is unlikely to lower their demands due to significant interest in the player.
Arsenal faces competition from other top clubs, including Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, and Manchester City, in the race to secure Lavia’s signature.
Pep Guardiola’s Praise for Lavia
Lavia was previously sold by Manchester City to Southampton for £14 million last summer. However, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola continues to hold the midfielder in high regard.
Guardiola expressed his admiration for Lavia before a match against Southampton, stating that the club considered keeping him but believed he would receive more playing time with the Saints.
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Arsenal’s Priorities and Lavia’s Potential Transfer
While Arsenal is interested in signing Romeo Lavia, the completion of a deal is contingent upon offloading Thomas Partey from the club’s roster. Arsenal’s current transfer priorities reportedly revolve around securing West Ham captain Declan Rice and Ajax’s Jurrien Timber, with the arrival of Kai Havertz already strengthening the midfield.
Arsenal’s pursuit of Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia has placed them in the lead among several top clubs. Southampton’s valuation of the player remains significant, and the outcome of Arsenal’s pursuit may depend on their ability to sell Thomas Partey.
As the transfer window progresses, Arsenal’s focus on bolstering their midfield options will shape their pursuit of Lavia and their overall transfer plans.