Reporter outlines what Arsenal need to do before moving for Lavia

Romeo Lavia remains a target for Arsenal, but securing the young Belgian midfielder’s signature won’t be an easy task. Several Premier League clubs are also interested in him, including Liverpool and Chelsea.

Lavia had an impressive season with Southampton, despite the club’s eventual relegation from the English top flight. His performances have caught the attention of bigger clubs, and Arsenal has been monitoring his progress closely.

However, the competition for Lavia’s signature is fierce, and it’s now apparent that he may soon move to a new club. While Arsenal is keen on signing him, they currently face financial constraints and must first make player sales before they can bring in new recruits.

Sky Sport’s Dharmesh Sheth reveals that Arsenal’s transfer activity may be dependent on offloading players before they can make any significant new signings.

He said on the Transfer Talk Podcast:

“Southampton’s Romeo Lavia is a name that will not go away, Chelsea have looked at him as well and there has been talk about Arsenal, but I think Arsenal will only look into the midfield department and recruit again after spending over £200m if there is a departure for good money in that midfield.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

Lavia is one of the finest midfielders in England now and had a good few seasons at Soton.

Moving to Arsenal is a big step up for him, but he showed in the last campaign that he has what it takes to deliver top performances against any opponent.

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  1. He hasn’t had a few good seasons at Soton as he only signed for them last year.
    It’s also a bit of a stretch to say he’s one of the finest midfielders in England. One of the finest prospects maybe.

    1. 👍 ArGooner, reality concerning Lavia’s “experience” with Southampton, rather than hype.

  2. Now that the air is clear and our world class player is going nowhere, we can take our own sweet time before we sign Lavia or any other midfielder for that matter.

  3. Why did Arsenal buy Havertz. Put a few million to the Havertz fee and you get Romeo Lavia and Mohammed Kudus. Lavia has bright future and is young. Kudus scored a load of goals, is versatile and can cover for Saka as well. A no brainer except for Arteta who doesn’t actually know where Havertz will fit in.

  4. Watching the United – Arsenal match got to say Rice looks a total waste of money – 105 million and the defending is absolute shite. What an awful decision that looks…

    1. Yeah.. it’s only a friendly match and he’s still finding his feet in the team but couldn’t agree more with you. For that money Tchoumeni would be a better buy but Arteta reckon he’ll be the lighthouse of the team. Let see what he meant by that. Maybe Arteta seen him as a player really strong mentality like an old school tough-guy midfielder but I don’t see much of it. Honestly, I’ll be more happier if we getting Kalvin Philips than Rice.

    2. Me2, making player assessments too early in a player’s career with a new club, can lead to having “egg on one’s face”.
      Stuart Pearce’s comments regarding one Dennis Bergkamp come to mind.

  5. Arsenal must hijack the Caicedo deal, not only as a payback to Chelsea but also to save our season. He is the only available player in the league who can replicate what Partey does. Simple as!
    I won’t really fault the signing of Rice because it is better to have than let rivals do. It is a tactic top coaches who are looking to dominate use to weaken rivals but, still, I don’t consider him as the perfect backup to Partey that we desperately need.

  6. Rice Havertz and Timber need a little time to get used to the new system and new teammates. Timber won’t bench Whiite not for a while at least and Havertz now looks like our ACM depth going ahead of Vieira and Rowe in the pecking order as Partey is staying so maybe Rice will be in Xhaka’s position and only cover for Partey when needed. I don’t see us signing Lavia I think we’ll stick with Jorginho and Elneny as the third and fourth choices respectively

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