Chelsea are in talks with Southampton over deals to sign Romeo Lavia and Tino Livramento as Mauricio Pochettino eyes more reinforcements.
That is according to the Daily Mail’s Transfer Confidential email (sign-up link here).
What’s the story?
Well, Chelsea could soon sign two players from the same club if talks with Southampton progress nicely.
Discussions about Lavia are presumably taking priority over talks for Livramento – in our view at least – as Liverpool are mounting a serious push to sign the Belgium international.
In regards to Livramento, that deal seems a little easier for Chelsea.
In Lavia’s case, Southampton want £50m for the teenager, who they signed from Manchester City for just £14m back in July 2022.
Chelsea need Lavia more than Livramento
In our view, we can’t understand why Chelsea are even thinking about bringing Livramento back to Stamford Bridge for £35m.
The 20-year-old is a superb footballer, although he plays at right-back, a position Chelsea already have plenty of quality in.
Pochettino can choose from Reece James or Malo Gusto to start on the right of defence, so it would be strange for Chelsea to add another option in that department, especially as there is no European football on the schedule next season.
Contrastingly, there is certainly a need for another central midfielder such as Lavia, after Chelsea lost N’Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount.
Be sure to keep an eye on this situation, as talks between Chelsea and Southampton continue.