Chelsea leading Man United in race to sign 19 year old midfielder this summer

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According to Football Insider, Chelsea are now leading the race to sign Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia ahead of Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal.

The report on Football Insider states: “Chelsea are actively working to bring Southampton star Romeo Lavia to the club, sources have told Football Insider.

“Lavia is also attracting interest from Man City, Arsenal and Man United, but the Blues are in pole position to sign him and are pressing ahead with a potential deal.

“The 19-year-old joined the Saints from Man City last summer and put pen to paper on a five-year deal with the club.

“The Belgium international is high up on Chelsea’ list of midfield targets and Football Insider has learned that they believe his profile fits their summer transfer plans.

“Man City have a £40million buy-back clause for Lavia but it does not activate until the summer of 2024 leaving the playing field wide open ahead of this year’s window.

“Lavia has made 24 appearances for the Saints across all competitions this season and has scored one goal and provided one assist in those outings.”