Liverpool 'won't sign Romeo Lavia' unless one thing happens as price concerns revealed
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Liverpool will not sign Romeo Lavia unless one thing happens, according to the Athletic’s James Pearce.
On Sunday Liverpool announced the signing of Dominik Szoboszlai from RB Leipzig for £60million on a five-year contract.
The Reds triggered the 22-year-old’s release clause to make him their second signing of the summer, after the £35million purchase of Alexis Mac Allister last month.
"It's a really historic club, really good players, good coach," Szoboszlai told the club website.
"For me, it was perfect to make the next step in a club like this. The fans, the stadium, everything is really good."
Since wrapping up the signing of Szoboszlai it has been widely reported that Liverpool are set to target Southampton’s Romeo Lavia.
Indeed, TalkSPORT claimed earlier this week that Liverpool are trying to beat the likes of Arsenal to the signing of Lavia by making an opening bid for the young Belgian.
However, the Athletic, have suggested otherwise, claiming the Reds feel that an asking price of £50million is far too high for the teenager.
Liverpool and Lavia
According to the Athletic, Liverpool are not pursuing Lavia partly because he’s too expensive, but also because they do not believe they have a gap to fill in midfield.
The publication claims that Liverpool are more likely to pursue a young centre-back if the right option becomes available. It has been widely reported that Jurgen Klopp’s men are interested in Chelsea’s Levi Colwill.
Indeed, Liverpool will reportedly only pursue a third midfielder if one of the current crop leaves, which is not beyond the realms of possibility.
The Daily Mail claimed earlier this week that Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and Chelsea’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be two of Steven Gerrard's first targets as Al Ettifaq boss.
Meanwhile, Thiago Alcantara could also be on his way to Saudi Arabia. While the Reds are yet to have received an official bid for the midfielder, he is attracting “serious interest” from the Saudi Pro League, according to the Athletic,
The Spanish international reportedly intends to stay with the Merseyside club at present, but the possibility of a move to the league remains open.