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Liverpool readying swap move for relegated star also wanted by Arsenal

The Reds are keen to bolster their midfield this summer

Liverpool are weighing up a move for relegated Southampton star Romeo Lavia in a bid that may see Tyler Morton head the other way in part exchange, it has been reported.

It is no secret that the Reds are desperate to bolster their midfield ranks this summer, and they have long been linked with a £70m move for Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister after they missed out on primary target Jude Bellingham.

They are also keen on Chelsea’s Mason Mount, but the blues are demanding around £85m for the English contract rebel, and it is also believed that Mount would prefer a switch to Manchester United, who are also interested in the 24-year-old.

As a result Jurgen Klopp’s side, who are set to miss out on Champions League football for next season provided Manchester United can pick up a single point from their final two games, have been left searching for alternatives.

One player who has shone this season is former Manchester City academy graduate Romeo Lavia, who made the move to Southampton last summer and has impressed alongside James Ward-Prowse despite the Saints dropping out of the top flight this season.

Also thought to be attracting the interest of Arsenal and Chelsea, the 19-year-old has a buy-back clause in his contract which will allow Manchester City to sign him for £45m next summer, meaning that interested clubs will likely want to make a move this summer.

Having spent this season on loan with Blackburn, Morton would be a good addition to a Southampton side likely to lose at least one midfielder this summer, and his place at Liverpool looks uncertain following the resurgence of Curtis Jones and the emergence of Stefan Bajcetic.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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