Southampton Midfielder, Romeo Lavia has reportedly chosen Chelsea over Liverpool in their pursuit of landing a deal with the 19-year-old, worth around £50 million, according to The Athletic.
In another twist of fate, Liverpool had been keen on the midfielder, but Lavia has decided to join the Blues – and the deal is expected to be sealed without any problems.
It comes as a second blow for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool – who also missed out on Moises Caicedo. Liverpool had hoped to land Lavia for £48million, before they turned their attention to the Ecuadorian over the weekend.
However, after having a £111million bid accepted by Brighton, Lavia has insisted on joining Chelsea, rather than Liverpool.
The Belgian international spent time at Manchester City – who had a buy-back clause that activated next summer. Despite that, Chelsea and Liverpool had been determined to add him to their ranks this summer, meaning City were not able to swoop in.
Both teams faced each other in the weekend Premier League opener at Stamford Bridge, but shared the spoils as the game ended 1 – 1, following a series of end-to-end attacking football.
Klopp’s midfield featured two wingers – Cody Gakpo and Dominik Szoboszlai – partnered with Alexis MacAllister.
Szoboszlai and MacAllister remain the Reds’ only two signings this summer, while they have waved goodbye to a number of players who were starters last season.
Outside of the starting trio on Sunday, Liverpool have four more midfielders: Harvey Elliott, Thiago, Curtis Jones, and Stefan Bajcetic.
Liverpool and Klopp will now be looking elsewhere in search of the perfect player to solidify their midfield worries.