Former Premier League outfit Southampton continues to hold firm across a summer where many expect Saints to be stripped of integral machinery as the club has rebuffed a third official bid from Liverpool for star midfielder Roméo Lavia.
Per Sky Sports’ Dharmesh Sheth, Saints have turned away a reported £45m in the hopes of standing on solid ground surrounding a hopeful £50m bid eventually being made by the Reds for one of the club’s chief summer targets.
The 19-year-old full Belgian international has been linked with a host of interest this summer, with the former RSC Anderlecht and Manchester City academy attendee having been on the wanted list at not only Liverpool but also Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.
Saints have already seen a number of players depart through various avenues, with the latest being Mohammed Salisu completing a move to AS Monaco.
Club captain James Ward-Prowse is also on the radar screen in the top flight of English football, with West Ham United having been previously linked, but could potentially have pulled back from the table for good given Saint’s valuation of the England international.
After Saints kicked off their Championship campaign with a 2-1 away win over Sheffield Wednesday in a fixture where Lavia did not feature, it appears that his future is likely to be away from St. Mary’s.