Arsenal cool interest in Liverpool and Chelsea transfer target Romeo Lavia

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Romeo Lavia had been among Arsenal’s list of summer transfer targets (Picture: Getty) Arsenal have cooled their interest in Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia. The Gunners had added the Belgium international to their list of summer targets amid uncertainty surrounding the future of Thomas Partey. Several Saudi Pro League clubs had expressed interest in the former Atletico Madrid star, while Juventus had also registered an interest in the 29-year-old who has two years left on his current contract. Partey’s preference has always been to remain at Arsenal but the signing of Declan Rice could have a major impact on his playing time this season. With Granit Xhaka also having departed, Mikel Arteta was always reluctant to lose two experienced midfielders in one transfer window and only a massive offer for Partey would have swayed the Gunners into selling. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Lavia had been lined up as a potential replacement for Partey but the Ghana international now, according to Fabrizio Romano, looks likely to remain at the Emirates Stadium, even if it means playing a reduced role. Liverpool, meanwhile, have jumped to the head of the queue for Lavia who impressed at St Mary’s last season, despite Southampton’s relegation from the Premier Leauge. More: Trending Man Utd legend claims Erik ten Hag should have let Chelsea sign £47m star How Moises Caicedo reacted to Brighton rejecting Chelsea's £80m transfer offer Ben Chilwell names Chelsea star with 'huge potential' and sends message to Mason Mount The Saints are demanding £50million for the teenager and Liverpool’s opening offer fell significantly short of the asking price. Jurgen Klopp is certain to sanction another bid for Lavia, given the departure of Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita, but the Reds are set to face competition from Chelsea. The Blues are struggling to agree a fee with Brighton for Moises Caicedo having see their latest £80m offer turned down and are ready to switch their attention to Lavia. Ajax sporting director Sven Mislintat speaks out on Chelsea and Arsenal interest in Mohammed Kudus Barcelona star Ferran Torres responds to Arsenal and Aston Villa links For more stories like this, check our sport page. Follow Metro Sport for the latest news on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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