According to Sacha Tavolieri, Chelsea is interested in Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia as a potential replacement for N’Golo Kante.

Last summer, the 18-year-old moved to Southampton from Manchester City for a fee of £12 million. Before suffering a hamstring injury, he was outstanding for the club in the early weeks of the season. Lavia returned in time for the World Cup, but Tavolieri believes he will leave the club soon.

After being impressed by Lavia’s performances at St Mary’s, Chelsea made an audacious £50 million bid for him before the summer transfer deadline. Southampton were not interested in selling him at the time, but it is reported that the London club is still considering him as a replacement for Kante.

The youngster could be considered as a replacement for Chelsea’s injured N’Golo Kante. The contract of the World Cup winner expires at the end of the season, and the club has no plans to renew it at this time. Lavia would be a good buy for the London giants because he has shown no weaknesses at such a young age.

The fact that Manchester City has the option to buy him back in the future is a major stumbling block for them. The clause is currently worth £40 million, and Pep Guardiola’s team could activate it if they learn that Southampton is willing to sell Lavia just months after signing him.

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Southampton would be better off developing him for a few more years before bringing him back to the reigning English champions. As a result, Chelsea is fighting a losing battle because City has control over the player’s future. They can only sign him if the Manchester giants do not exercise their buy-back option.

By michel

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