Chief football scout says Liverpool will complete next midfield transfer for cut-price fee

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Liverpool are reportedly set to agree a deal for Romeo Lavia to the tune of £30.9m plus £7.7m in add-ons.

This comes courtesy of ‘chief football scout’ Jan Riha (at 11Hacks) who shared the update in question on Twitter.

This comes amid a potential u-turn of epic proportions with regard to Fabinho’s expected exit from Anfield, with David Ornstein of The Athletic reporting that delays in the deal with Al-Ittihad could put the move in jeopardy.

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A deal totally close to £40m, once add-ons are taken into account, would still have to be considered a coup for the club given the original figure of £50m being touted – not to mention Manchester City’s buyback clause of £40m.

That said, with Southampton having already rejected a fee worth £37m for the talented teenager, it seems Liverpool will have to test the water further with a raised bid.

With such a limited pool of available talent in the No.6 role – not to mention the clear gap in our squad – it looks a tough deal to negotiate down from the Saints’ asking price.

Perhaps we’ll find a way, yet, though it’s one situation we can’t afford to grapple with over the next three weeks. Especially not if it all comes down to an extra £10m.

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