‘I don’t read it’: Romeo Lavia insists he is ‘focused on his football’ and helping Southampton avoid relegation amid growing transfer links, after Man United joined Arsenal and Chelsea in targeting the highly-rated midfielder
- Romeo Lavia has impressed during the season despite Southampton’s struggles
- The teenager has been linked with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United
- Lavia insists he is focused on helping Southampton avoid relegation this season
Romeo Lavia has insisted he is not paying attention to reports linking him away from the club, after Manchester United became the latest club to target the Southampton midfielder.
Sportsmail reported United’s interest in the 19-year-old Belgian, who only joined the Saints last summer in a deal worth up to £14m, signing a five-year contract.
The teenager has impressed this season, despite Southampton’s struggles in the league.
The Red Devils are among several clubs to have eyed a move for Lavia, with Chelsea having enquired and Arsenal also understood to hold an interest.
Lavia told Sky Sports he is focused on his football and trying to help Southampton in their fight against relegation.
Romeo Lavia has impressed despite Southampton fighting against relegation this season
The 19-year-old has been linked with moves to Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United
‘I don’t read it,’ Lavia said. ‘I don’t read it, because I just don’t think about it.
‘I just enjoy my football and focus on what we have to do as a club.
‘Whatever is outside, it is not what I can control, so I don’t pay attention to that. Football, with how it goes, it goes so fast.
‘One moment you can be in the headlines and the next, you’re not.
‘So the only thing to do is just be neutral, don’t think about it and get your head down and work.’
Lavia has started 13 matches for Southampton in the Premier League this season.
The teenager has emerged as a key player, either side of a hamstring injury which ruled him out for seven matches.
Southampton are currently bottom of the Premier League and head into their match against Leicester on Saturday four points from safety.
Manchester City have a buyback clause for Lavia worth around £40m, though it is an option that cannot be triggered until next summer.
Lavia insists he is focused on his football and helping Southampton to avoid relegation
In the next window therefore Southampton will have greater scope to negotiate a higher fee for Lavia if they decide to cash in.
Lavia is among several names being considered by United, with Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham is one marquee name on their wishlist.
Erik Ten Hag remains keen on Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong and there is also a long-standing admiration for West Ham’s Declan Rice at Old Trafford.
Rice is Arsenal’s top transfer target and they could bring in up to two central midfielders ahead of next season.
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