Even though he has unfortunately just been injured and will be out for a long time, Romeo Lavia is one of the revelations of this start to the Premier League season. A tireless rake, already hyper-intelligent and mature in his ball-to-foot decisions, the Belgian has impressed since his debut with Southampton.
However, the journalist Fabrizio Romano, always well-informed, reveals that Lavia almost… didn’t make long bones at the Saints, when he only got there in the middle of summer. Romano indeed reveals that Chelsea, never the last club to burst their piggy bank on a whim, made an offer of 50 (!) million pounds to Southampton in the very last hours of the transfer window.
Offer obviously refused by Southampton who probably didn’t want to let go of a jewel he had just acquired from Man City. Logical, since the Cityzens have slipped a buyout clause of 40 million euros into the Belgian’s contract.
Southampton therefore probably said to themselves that it would be smarter to keep Lavia as much as possible before selling him to City for 40 million, rather than selling him (too) quickly to Chelsea for 50 million, or 10 million more. , only.
Lavia therefore finally stayed in Southampton to quickly establish himself as one of the team’s captains… before this injury which kept him away from the pitch for a few weeks.