'Verbal proposal rejected': Chelsea tried to sign PL midfielder for £50m on deadline day - Romano

Chelsea reportedly failed on deadline day with their proposal to try sign Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia.

According to well-respected journalist Fabrizio Romano on Twitter, Chelsea attempted to sign the 18-year-old talent from their Premier League rivals on Thursday’s deadline day for the summer transfer window.

It is understood the Blues saw a “verbal proposal” of £50million rejected by the Saints.

Romano adds the Southampton teenager was considered “untouchable” at St Mary’s after joining them for £12million in July from Manchester City, who actually have a £40million buy back clause in his deal.

Chelsea failed with Lavia proposal

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It was a manic time a couple of days ago for Chelsea, who signed both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Denis Zakaria on deadline day before the window shut.

However, it turns out Thomas Tuchel’s side attempted a crazy move to try raid a Premier League rival.

Lavia’s made a very impressive start to his Southampton career, which actually included scoring in a win against Chelsea at the end of August.

The all-action defensive midfielder started the opening five Premier League games of the season for his new club, albeit he was missing in today’s game through injury.

He’s putting in the kind of performances to suggest Southampton can sell him for big money further down the line, but the reality is he’s still a relative novice at first-team level.

It’ll be interesting to see where his game is at in a few months time.

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This is the kind of deal that would’ve caused huge controversy if it had taken place.

He’s a very confident player that many are already predicting for greatness, but the truth is he’s made seven first-team appearances in his career.

For now, Chelsea have enough talent in the centre of the park to try get a tune out of.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.