Arsenal are closer to signing Romeo Lavia than their rivals, with Liverpool and Chelsea also considered suitors for the Southampton midfielder.
According to Football Insider, Arsenal have a verbal agreement with Romeo Lavia ahead of a possible move.
The 19-year-old is one of Mikel Arteta’s midfield targets in addition to Declan Rice, but the Gunners face competition from Chelsea and Liverpool.
The transfer window has brought out the need in top clubs to sign key midfielders this summer.
Romeo Lavia is an interesting player in the market, and he is ready to leave Southampton after their relegation.
There is intense competition in the market for the 19-year-old midfielder’s signature, with Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester United all credited with an interest.
As for Liverpool, they have already signed Alexis Mac Allister but are currently looking for an out-and-out midfielder.
Manchester United’s name remains among the suitors, although Arsenal are advancing in pursuing Lavia.
While they had planned to replace the Swiss star with priority target Declan Rice, the likely departure of Thomas Partey could bring Arteta back in the hunt for Lavia.
For now, they are focused on signing Rice on priority.
Hence, clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool have a chance to snatch him in this window but may have to pay slightly higher for his services.