Moises Caicedo drops huge hint Romeo Lavia is close to Chelsea move after transfer clue spotted
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Moises Caicedo has dropped a huge hint Romeo Lavia is close to completing his Chelsea move.
On Monday it emerged that Lavia had opted to join Chelsea over Liverpool, despite the latter placing a bid worth up to £60million for the Belgian a day earlier.
According to the Athletic, a fee in the region of £50million plus add-ons is expected to seal the 19-year-old’s signature, with no issues anticipated regarding an agreement.
While Liverpool were also in the running for the player, the Anfield side are reportedly aware of Lavia’s choice.
Caicedo is on the cusp of completing a British record £115million deal, despite Liverpool having seen a £111million offer accepted by Brighton last week.
The Ecuador international had ultimately expressed a firm desire to move to the London club over Liverpool.
And Caicedo has hinted at Lavia’s imminent arrival.
Caicedo hints at Lavia’s Chelsea arrival
Caicedo has added further fuel to the suggestion Lavia has opted to join Chelsea over Liverpool.
Indeed, the 21-year-old has followed several of the Chelsea squad on Instagram ahead of completing his record-breaking move.
And among the players he has followed is Lavia, which would seem a strange coincidence should the Belgian’s heart be set on an Anfield move.
Jurgen Klopp had identified Lavia as a potential replacement for Fabinho after the Brazil international had completed a switch to Saudi Arabian side Al Ittihad earlier this summer.
Indeed, the club had seen three bids worth up to £46million rejected for the player before having a bid accepted on Sunday.
Chelsea and Liverpool have been competing for players off the pitch throughout the summer, while the pair drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday in their opening fixture of the Premier League campaign.
Lavia has not appeared in Southampton’s opening two games of the 2023-24 Championship season and is keen to leave the side upon their relegation from the Premier League. He has four years left on his deal there, having only joined the Saints from Manchester City last summer.