Chelsea “met” with Romeo Lavia’s representatives “this week” ahead of a potential summer bid for the Southampton midfielder, according to RMC reporter Sacha Tavolieri.
The usually reliable Belgian journalist believes the Blues have stepped up their attempts to snap up the 19-year-old:
🇧🇪 Sélectionné pour la 1e fois par Domenico #Tedesco, Roméo Lavia fait l’objet d’un pressing intense de #ChelseaFC. Comme nous vous le rapportions en décembre, #CFC veut accélérer et a rencontré cette semaine l’entourage du #DiablesRouges en Belgique. #mercato
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— Sacha Tavolieri (@sachatavolieri) March 17, 2023
Lavia is known to be a key target for Graham Potter’s side but there are a number of complicating factors that will make a deal difficult to pull off.
The teenager’s former club Manchester City have a buyback clause, which means they can re-sign him for £40m this summer.
Southampton are likely to hold out for a much higher fee from other teams, which means the current Premier League champions have a key advantage.
There will also be other clubs involved in the battle to sign Lavia. Manchester United and Arsenal have also been credited with an interest recently, so the Saints will not be pressed into making a quick sale.