New Romeo Lavia transfer update after Liverpool bid £110m for Moises Caicedo
Liverpool have had three bids rejected for Southampton’s Romeo Lavia so far this summer
Romeo Lavia of Southampton arrives ahead of the pre-season friendly fixture between Southampton FC and AZ Alkmaar at St Mary’s Stadium
SOUTHAMPTON, : Romeo Lavia of Southampton arrives ahead of the pre-season friendly fixture between Southampton FC and AZ Alkmaar at St Mary’s Stadium on July 29, 2023 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Russell Martin has offered an update on Romeo Lavia’s future after confirming the midfielder won’t start for Southampton this weekend.
Liverpool have had three bids rejected for the Belgium international, with the Saints knocking back their latest offer of £46m on Monday. Since then, they have also rejected a £48m bid from Chelsea for the midfielder.
However, Lavia has been overshadowed in the transfer gossip columns over the past 48 hours by Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Moises Caicedo. The Ecuador international also wanted by both Liverpool and Chelsea, with the Reds having a club-record £110m bid accepted by the Seagulls on Friday morning.
A further twist is still expected in such a pursuit, however, with widespread reports claiming the Ecuador international favours a move to Stamford Bridge over Anfield. Either way, whichever club misses out on Caicedo could well turn their attention back to Lavia.
The 19-year-old could make his first appearance of the season against Norwich City on Saturday, having been an unused substitute against Sheffield Wednesday on the opening day of the Championship season, and not travelled for Southampton’s shock League Cup first round exit at the hands of Gillingham.
Confirming that Lavia won’t start against the Canaries, Martin alluded to Caicedo when offering an update on his midfielder’s future.
“It’s not easy but he trained really well today. He’s not had enough minutes in pre-season,” he told reporters. “I don’t think I’d ask him to start a game after the minutes he has had and everything that is going on. In these situations, you think back to yourself as a 19 year old.
“How would you cope with that? He’s been great, some days much better than others but there has been so much noise and he is a really top lad and really top player.
“The Romeo situation has been really fluid throughout and other things may happen in the market that influence the situation, we have no control over that.
“Romeo is getting fitter and fitter and trained really well, whether he will be in the squad or not I just don’t know and I can’t give you an answer.”