To replace N’Golo Kante, Todd Boehly is considering signing a Belgian next GOAT.
Chelsea is reportedly looking at Romeo Lavia of Southampton as a potential N’Golo Kante successor, according to Belgian author Sacha Tavolieri.
Chelsea is apparently considering Romeo Lavia, a Southampton midfielder, as a potential N’Golo Kante successor, according to Belgian writer Sacha Tavolieri.
The 18-year-old signed to Southampton in the summer of 2017 from Manchester City for a 12 million pound price. He was contributing greatly to the team before suffering a hamstring injury early in the season. Lavia was able to heal before the World Cup, but according to Tavolieri, Lavia may soon be departing the team.
Chelsea made an outrageous £50 million offer to sign Lavia before the transfer deadline last summer after watching him play for Southampton and being impressed by his play. It has been rumored that the London giants are still considering the Belgian midfielder as a potential Kante replacement even though Southampton had no intention of moving him at the time.
When Lavia arrived to Southampton from the squad that was presently holding the Premier League title last summer, he was largely unknown. Since then, the young man has surprised everyone with his outstanding tackles, interceptions, and passing accuracy. He has also shown that he is at ease playing in the Premier League due to his commanding physical presence in the middle of the midfield.
This talented young kid could be a future replacement for Chelsea’s injury-prone N’Golo Kante. There are currently no plans in place for the club to renew the World Cup winner’s contract after it expires at the end of the current season. Lavia would be a great addition to the London giants’ lineup because, despite his youth, he has not shown any areas for improvement.
However, they face a huge challenge because Manchester City still has the option to purchase him at some point in the future. Just a few months after signing Lavia, Pep Guardiola’s team may exercise the option if they learn that Southampton are open to selling. Currently valued around £40 million, the club could sell Lavia if they learn that Southampton is prepared to do so.
Before allowing him to re-join the team that is currently the English champion, Southampton would prefer to give him a few more years to develop as a player. Given that City has more influence over the player’s future, Chelsea is therefore facing an uphill battle. They can only sign him if the Manchester United giants decide not to exercise the buy-back clause in their contract.
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