Liverpool are rivalling Arsenal for one of their targets this summer, as the Premier League giants compete in their respective rebuilds.
Both teams have already made headway in reshaping their midfields this summer, with Liverpool signing Alexis Mac Allister early on in the transfer window. Arsenal are set to announce Kai Havertz in the coming days, meanwhile, with the German looking likely to replace Granit Xhaka.
But with work still to do for both managers, it seems as though Jurgen Klopp is hoping to steal a march on a Gunners transfer target and potentially swoop first.
"Arsenal have had some positive conversations on the club and the player side but there is still no official bid [as] they resolve other stuff such as [Jurrien] Timber, [Declan] Rice and many others," Romano confirmed on his YouTube channel, "But Liverpool have opened talks to sign Romeo Lavia."
Liverpool are believed to want another midfielder who can operate deep in the centre of the park, potentially as a replacement for Fabinho, but perhaps as a right-sided central midfielder who can replace Jordan Henderson in the longterm. Lavia fits the description as a player capable of grooming for this position.
Arsenal's interest in the teenager – who has a buy-back clause for Manchester City, coming into effect next summer – seems dependent on the future of Thomas Partey. The Ghanaian is also of interest to the Saudi Pro League but according to Romano, the player would rather stay in Europe with Juventus interested in him, too.
Lavia is valued at €25 million by Transfermarkt.
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Benjamin Pavard of Bayern Munich has been linked, while James Ward-Prowse is said to be on the shortlist. Celta Vigo's Gabri Veiga is a target and Khephren Thuram of Nice is said to be close to joining – but Manuel Ugarte is one star who reportedly won't be moving to Merseyside.
Declan Rice is almost complete, according to reports. Ajax star Jurrien Tmber is on the shortlist, along with Romeo Lavia of Southampton. Former Gunner Jeremie Aliadiere has explained exclusively to FFT why Kai Havertz is necessary as a signing, too.
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