Manchester United join the hunt for Southampton young star Romeo Lavia

The Southampton defensive midfielder has been identified as one of the club’s potential targets as Erik ten Hag looks to add more reinforcements in the midfield unit. Reports in the British media claim that Manchester United have joined the hunt for Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia.

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The Belgium international joined Southampton from Manchester City for a fee in the region of 12.3 million euros in July 2022. His current deal runs out in the summer of 2027.

The defensive midfielder has featured in 20 matches for Southampton this term, netting one goal and providing one assist in all competitions.

Romeo Lavia is one of the brightest talents across Europe. He has represented Belgium at Under-15, Under-16, Under-19 and Under-21 level, winning 16 caps and scoring 3 goals.

The 19-year-old has the potential to become a top-class defensive midfielder.

His impressive performances this season have apparently caught the eye of some of Europe’s big clubs.

Erik ten Hag wants to sign a new defensive midfielder and Romeo Lavia is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.

The Red Devils have built a reputation for recruiting young talent from within Europe, predominantly targeting those with sell-on value and immense potential.

The former Manchester City man will add a new dimension to United’s midfield. His arrival would give Manchester United some much needed tactical flexibility.

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According to the report, “Manchester United are among a host of teams that are keeping tabs on Southampton starlet Romeo Lavia. The 19-year-old has been impressive for the Saints this season, despite the club’s Premier League struggles. Per The Mail, the Belgian teenager is attracting interest from United, Chelsea, Arsenal, and other top clubs. Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham is likely the primary target for most teams this summer. However, he may even choose to stay, and most of the clubs pursuing him will miss out on his talents. Lavia is being seen as an alternative, especially if he continues to grow as a player.”

Southampton are not in a position where they need to sell and would like to keep hold of the midfielder, but right offer may force the club to consider a deal.

The English giants are showing interest in signing defensive midfielder, but will have to dig deep to land him.

Good signing for Manchester United?

Undoubtedly, he would be a fantastic recruit for United.

Of course, the 19-year-old is not going to become a regular for Manchester United straightaway, but working under Ten Hag would make him a better player.

It will be interesting to see if Manchester United are willing to pay the asking price for Lavia.

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Enzo Cattaneo

Naples-born Enzo Cattaneo has spent more than a decade living in Madrid and writing about Spanish football, German football and the Premier League for various Spanish football websites and now he writes about World football for World Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers and rumours pretty much nonstop since the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea.

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