In the midst of a campaign that is struggling, Chelsea appear to be on the verge of making a move for a player who was rumored to be a summer target during the upcoming transfer window. This would provide some welcome comfort.
According to a tweet by Belgian writer Sacha Tavolieri, the Blues are rumored to be reigniting their interest in teenage Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia.
His tweet stated, “Romeo #Lavia, the heir apparent to Ngolo #Kante? The midfielder for #SouthamptonFC is still one of the players that #ChelseaFC is interested in signing for the position of defensive midfielder. Chelsea FC is continuing to keep an eye on him. As promised, more to come.
Despite the fact that the starlet only joined Saints in July after joining from Manchester City in a deal rising to £15 million in July, Chelsea made an audacious offer of £50 million to Saints in the dying embers of the summer transfer window. Despite this, the desire to secure their man appears unwavering, and the club will continue to pursue.
Even though Lavia is just 18 years old, he is already demonstrating maturity beyond his years and showing signs of a future filled with success and awards.
After moving from Manchester to Southampton, where Pep Guardiola’s squad reluctantly parted with the player to make room for the £45 million purchase of Kalvin Phillips, there were great hopes in Hampshire that their new wonderkid would thrive after making the move.
The prodigious youngster was thrust into the first-team picture almost immediately and started all five of Saints’ opening games of the season. Unfortunately, he suffered a hamstring injury that kept him out of action for nine games and prevented him from competing for the starting position again.
Chelsea has apparently had enough of him by the time he returns to make two appearances before the midseason break in preparation for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. They will study his progress at the latter stage of December with vested interest as an offer is in the process of being prepared.
During the time that Lavia was on the field, he adjusted to the frenetic tempo of the Premier League like a duck to water. He flung aside the burdensome veil of inexperience and excelled among his teammates.
According to Sofascore, the player who used to be a prodigy for Sky Blue has posted an average rating of 6.86 this season, which places him sixth in the entire Saints roster. It is important to note that the two matches following his return from injury saw his rating drop to its lowest point.
In light of the fact that Kante’s contract will, in fact, be up for renewal in the summer with that of playmaker Jorginho, Blues manager Graham Potter will be aware of the significance of guaranteeing a future for the club that will ensure its continued success.
Man City were hesitant to let Lavia leave the club, with correspondent Jonathan Smith describing him as “outstanding.” Additionally, some members of the club believed that he would eventually work his way into the first-team, but the speed of his burgeoning rise has been nothing short of spectacular.
The teenage star also left an indelible impression on journalist Alfie House, who described him as “technically outstanding footballer who sets the tempo” for his squad.
Even though he is still young, Chelsea believes they have found the player who will succeed Kante as the club’s starting central midfielder. Despite his age, they believe he can be developed at Stamford Bridge, where he will also be given the opportunity to shine and rise to prominence on the world’s largest stage.