Chelsea close in on Southampton star Romeo Lavia


Romeo Lavia of Southampton during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton FC at Hillsborough on August 4, 2023 in Sheffield, England. 

Southampton seem to have accepted Chelsea’s latest £53.5million bid for Romeo Lavia.

Chelsea have reportedly had their £53.5million bid for Romeo Lavia accepted by Southampton, while Michael Olise is also in the Blues’ sights.

The midfielder made it known to his club on Monday that he favoured a move to Stamford Bridge over Liverpool, who had had a similar bid accepted, with a deal having been reached on Tuesday night for him to join the west London club.

Lavia will now undergo a medical in advance of becoming the eighth first-team signing the club have made this summer.

He made 29 Premier League appearances last season in what was his debut top-flight campaign, after joining Saints from Manchester City last summer.

Planet Sport understands that the club have also agreed to pay Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise’s £35m release clause, paving the way for the France Under-21 international to join Lavia at Stamford Bridge.

It takes Chelsea’s spending this week to over £200m following the British record capture of Brighton’s Moises Caicedo for a potential £115m on Monday.

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