Transfers

Revealed: The surprise subject of Chelsea’s £50 million deadline day bid

The capital club came up short with a last-minute proposal for an upcoming Southampton talent


A fresh insight into the last-minute efforts of Premier League giants Chelsea to reinforce the club’s squad ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline has been provided.

The Blues, of course, took their place centre stage in the headlines on deadline day.

This came as Todd Boehly and co. went about adding further to prior big-money summer additions Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Carney Chukwuemeka, and Marc Cucurella.

Deals, in turn, were found for all of Wesley Fofana, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Denis Zakaria.

If the latest word stemming from the media is anything to go by, though, then the latter of these stars may well have stayed put with Juventus, had Chelsea proved successful in efforts to land an alternative target.

The player in question? Romeo Lavia.

As per transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the powers that be at Stamford Bridge went as far as to table an offer, worth an eye-watering £50 million, to bring in Lavia from Southampton.

For those not aware, youngster Lavia only sealed a move to St. Mary’s from Manchester City back in July, putting pen to paper on a five-year contract on England’s south coast.

Evidently, though, his early-season form has already proven enough to convince Thomas Tuchel and co. that the Belgian youth international represents a star in the making.

Nevertheless, Southampton stood firm in the face of the last-minute bid laid out by their Premier League rivals.

This comes with Lavia, at present, viewed as ‘untouchable’ by all associated with the club.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.



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