The two reasons Liverpool are not interested in signing Romeo Lavia

Lfc Rumour (Mark Baldwin)
Jurgen Klopp is happy with the midfield signings Liverpool have made this summer so far (Picture: Getty) Liverpool are reluctant to enter the race to sign Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia. Jurgen Klopp had earmarked strengthening his engine room as an absolute priority this summer following a below-par campaign for the Reds last term. James Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all left the club upon the expiration of their contracts, while there remains a measure of uncertainty over the futures of Thiago Alcantara and Jordan Henderson. The club captain and the former Bayern Munich midfielder have both been attracting interest from clubs in Saudi Arabia, but Liverpool would prefer to retain their services, unless affordable replacements can be secured. Liverpool have made an impressive start to their summer recruitment drive having already secured the services of both Alex Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai. Romeo Lavia is at the centre of a transfer tug of war (Picture: Getty) With Stefan Bajcetic, last season’s breakthrough star, set to step up his recovery following an untimely injury and Curtis Jones proving his worth by playing a more prominent role towards the end of last term Liverpool now look well stocked in midfield. Speculation had been mounting that Liverpool were readying a bid for Lavia who appears destined to leave the relegated Saints before the window closes. According to The Athletic, however, Liverpool are not contemplating a move for the former Manchester City starlet at this stage given the asking price for a player who does not turn 20 until January, while they do not believe there is a gap in their squad present for a midfielder with his skillset. More: Trending Paul Ince says Man Utd should consider shock move for Arsenal star Chelsea agree deal to sign Everton defender on three-year deal Rio Ferdinand reveals who Jurrien Timber will replace & says Arsenal need one more signing Lavia, however, will not be short of suitors with Arsenal primed to make their move once the formalities of Declan Rice’s record transfer from West Ham are completed. The Gunners will then raise funds through the sale of Granit Xhaka to Bayer Leverkusen and potentially the departure of Thomas Partey. Chelsea will look to provide their north London rivals with competition for the Belgium international, meanwhile, but are treating the transfer of Moises Caicedo from Brighton as a priority. Mikel Arteta was ‘convinced’ Chelsea star Mason Mount would join Arsenal over Manchester United Ray Parlour backs Kai Havertz to emulate Martin Odegaard at Arsenal following Chelsea transfer 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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