Chelsea had been active to the conclude of the transfer window, bringing in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Denis Zakaria, and there could’ve been a different huge surprise arrival at the close.
The Blues were being the greatest spenders of the transfer window out of any club across Europe, expending massive on names these as Raheem Sterling, Wesley Fofana, Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella before that.
New proprietor Todd Boehly and his consortium wanted to exhibit their ambition in their first window at the club, and they’ve offered Thomas Tuchel all the signings he wished for.
There could, nonetheless, have been one more deal right at the end of the window, that of Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia, who has only just burst on to the scene.
Lavia only moved clubs this summer months
Lavia only joined Southampton from Manchester City before in the summer season for a cost of all over £12 million, getting section of the Saints’ new recruitment plan.
The South coast club have recruited players who are young, and Lavia, aged 18, was one particular of the buys touted for a wonderful future in the match.
The Belgian midfielder joined Manchester City from Anderlecht, but never created a senior physical appearance for the Cityzens in his time there, acquiring been in Manchester from 2020 to 2022.
Romeo Lavia is the youngest Belgian goalscorer in the Premier League. He’s 18 several years, 7 months and 24 days. When Adnan Januzaj – ‘the boy who could do everything’ – scored his very first (Barclays’) Leading League goal in 2013, he was 18 years and 8 months. pic.twitter.com/eUFHAk7yH0
— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) August 30, 2022
Manchester City recognised his opportunity, and in his sale, they place in a clause that enables Pep Guardiola’s club to buy him again for £40 million at any issue in the future if they want.
Chelsea, although, are eager on his abilities and provided £50 million on deadline day, in accordance to Fabrizio Romano, despite the player making only five senior Leading League appearances in his career.
That bid was promptly turned down and Southampton perspective him as an untouchable figure of their set-up, hoping to maintain him in their aspect for a number of many years.
Just a handful of days just before the bid, Lavia even scored against Chelsea, getting the first participant born in 2004 to score a goal in the Premier League.
Sadly for Southampton, he is established to pass up the following 6 weeks of action thanks to injuries, but they’ll be hopeful he can keep that kind on his return.