Latest Romeo Lavia to Arsenal transfer: Liverpool and Chelsea advantage, Saints stance, £40m fee

Arsenal have fallen behind Liverpool and Chelsea in the race to sign Southampton star Romeo Lavia. Saints are demanding a fee in the region of £40-50m for the 19-year-old following their relegation from the Premier League.

The north Londoners are keen to strengthen their midfield options during the summer transfer window, understands, with West Ham United captain Declan Rice at the top of Mikel Arteta’s wish list. But with Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey both linked with exits, the Gunners are looking to make Rice and Lavia their new midfield for next season. has collected all the latest transfer talk and rumors about the Gunners and the Belgium international.

Liverpool and Chelsea lead the race

Liverpool now appear to be leading the battle for the 19-year-old talent alongside Chelsea, with the Gunners trailing in the race for Lavia’s signature. A report from Football Transfers, via 90 minhave stated that Arteta’s side are trailing their Premier League rivals as competition for the Belgian midfielder heats up.

Transfer boost

A host of clubs have been handed a potential boost for Romeo Lavia this summer as new Southampton boss Russell Martin has claimed some players will leave the club this summer. He told the press: “There will be people leaving, of course, that’s what happens when you have such a tough season last season and you get relegated from the Premier League. I’ve been there too and that is not that easy, every player in the dressing room could think they are going back to the Premier League, but it is not that easy.”

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