Chelsea turn attention to Belgian star after Ugarte blow
Chelsea have turned their attention to signing Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia after missing out on Manuel Ugarte.
The Blues were eager to land the signature of Ugarte from Sporting, but Paris Saint-Germain beat them to his services.
It is now reported that Lavia is the main target for the Blues and talks are expected to be held with the Saints soon.
The 19-year-old had a superb debut Premier League season with the Saints but they were relegated towards the end.
He is now expected to leave the club for a bigger challenge and it seems Chelsea are in pole position to land him.
Lavia is currently valued at around £45 million, and the Blues could negotiate a long-term payment package.
In that way, they can stay safe with Financial Fair Play while making big investment into the squad this summer.
Aside from Lavia, the Blues are also weighing up an approach to sign Moises Caicedo from Brighton & Hove Albion.