According to reports, Chelsea will now focus on bringing in Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia this summer.
After appearing to withdraw from the fight to recruit Manuel Ugarte, TalkSPORT reports that the Blues will consider the former Premier League standout.
Lavia, who was one of Southampton’s bright spots during a season in which they came last in the league, had a breakout season on an individual level.
Despite this, the Belgian did not hold back on his compliments. After a stunning performance against Chelsea at the beginning of the season, he first rose to the top of the scene.
Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, has led the plaudits for him over the past 12 months. He is a graduate of their program and has started to make an impression in recent years.
Chelsea desires Lavia.
Lavia is rumored to cost the Blues roughly £40 million, although they might try to take advantage of his club’s recent relegation to close a deal for less.
According to the article, the club is reportedly considering their alternative options now that it appears they won’t be able to sign Ugarte from Sporting Lisbon.
Even though there will be no Champions League football available for Chelsea to play in the upcoming season, Chelsea appeared to be the favorite to close a deal before PSG.
However, it is now being asserted that the player has received a significantly higher offer from the French champions, forcing the Blues to decide they will seek other alternatives.
Moises Caicedo, for whom the Blues had a January bid rejected, is another player to keep an eye on.