Liverpool in the race to sign Romeo Lavia this summer

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Liverpool remain interested in signing Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia this summer, according to a key update from journalist Fabrizio Romano.

The Reds appear to be focusing mainly on midfield signings ahead of the 2023/24 season, with Alexis Mac Allister the first man brought in in the middle of the park.

A host of other names also appear to be in the mix, though, with Nice star Khephren Thuram looking like a primary target, as well as the likes of Manu Kone, Mason Mount, Nicolo Barella and Ryan Gravenberch.

Lavia is another player who has been attracting interest from a number of top Premier League clubs, including the Reds, following a highly impressive season for Southampton.

The 19-year-old Belgian may have suffered relegation to the Championship with Saints, but he was one of the few positives to take, standing out with his maturity in defensive midfield.

According to Romano on Twitter, Liverpool are still keen on rivalling others for Lavia’s signature this summer:

“Understand Liverpool asked conditions of Roméo Lavia deal, they’re in the race. Arsenal, working on this deal for 15 days — no official bid from both clubs yet. Man Utd and Chelsea, monitoring the situation but not in active talks yet.”

Our thoughts on Liverpool’s interest in Lavia…

This is an exciting update from a Reds perspective, with Lavia such a talented young footballer – one who has been lauded as “incredible” by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, having left the Etihad to join Southampton last summer.

At 19, he is already an established Premier League player, performing with a poise beyond his years to standing out above much more experienced players for Saints in 2022/23.

Lavia wouldn’t necessarily come straight in as a definite starter for Liverpool, as should be expected with Mac Allister, for example, but he would be a great squad option and someone who could usurp Fabinho as the undisputed first-choice No.6 over time.

Even if the Belgium international does come in, it is still vital that another midfielder also arrives – Thuram arguably looks like the strongest option – ensuring that three new faces have joined and helped fill the void left by Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and, to a lesser extent, Arthur.

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