Southampton agree a deal to sign Manchester City’s highly-rated young midfielder Romeo Lavia and will pay up to £14m for him after fending off competition… with buy back and sell-on clauses included in switch
- Manchester City’s Romeo Lavia will join Southampton on a deal worth £14m
- Defensive midfielder Lavia has made two appearances for City’s senior team
- He has been at the club for two years after joining from Anderlecht in 2020
Southampton have agreed to pay up to £14million for Manchester City prospect Romeo Lavia.
The Belgian defensive midfielder has been at the Premier League champions since joining from Anderlecht in 2020.
Sportsmail reported in June that the highly rated 18-year-old Belgian was a target for a number of clubs, but notably Southampton and Leeds United.
Manchester City starlet Romeo Lavia (above) is in talks over a £14million move to Southampton
City were reluctant to let Lavia leave but will insert a buy back and sell-on clause for the teen
City were reluctant to let Lavia leave but will insert a buy back and sell-on clause for the teenager, who made his first-team bow in the Carabao Cup last season.
Lavia is yet to make a Premier League appearance for City, but made a single appearance in both the FA Cup and Carabao Cup last season, and was regularly part of Pep Guardiola’s wider matchday squad.
Southampton are also keen on City full-back Issa Kabore.
Another City defender, Japan centre back Ko Itakura has joined Borussia Monchengladbach on a four-year deal for £4m.
Despite joining the top-flight champions in January 2019, Itakura never made an appearance for City, having left for Dutch side Groningen on loan a day after his arrival.
The Belgium Under-21 international is the latest youngster Saints will poach from a top side