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Chelsea had £50m transfer for Romeo Lavia rejected on deadline day

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Romeo Lavia scored the opening objective as Southampton beat Chelsea on Tuesday night time (Image: Getty)

Chelsea tried to signal Southampton defensive midfielder Romeo Lavia with a £50m bid on deadline day, based on studies.

The 18-year-old Belgium youth worldwide scored the opening objective because the Saints beat the Blues 2-1 on Tuesday.

Lavia solely moved to Southampton in July, signing a five-year contract after becoming a member of from Manchester City.

However that didn’t cease Chelsea bidding £50m to signal him earlier than Thursday’s 11pm switch window deadline, based on native outlet the Southern Daily Echo.

That provide was swiftly rejected, with the south coast membership viewing him as untouchable.

Lavia, who is about for a spell on the sidelines with damage, joined Southampton for £12m plus add-ons and Pep Guardiola’s facet have a purchase again possibility for £40m.

After lacking out on Lavia, Chelsea as a substitute opted to herald fellow defensive midfielder Denis Zakaria, who arrived on mortgage from Italian facet Juventus.

Swiss worldwide Denis Zakaria has joined us on mortgage from Juventus for the rest of the 2022/23 marketing campaign! 😁#ZakariaIsChelsea

— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 2, 2022

Thomas Tuchel had been determined to bolster his midfield choices after a combined begin to the season, together with his facet successful three, drawing one and shedding two from their opening six video games.

Zakaria, a 25-year-old Switzerland worldwide, made his identify at Borussia Monchengladbach and solely moved to Juventus again in January, however now arrives in west London as Chelsea purpose to as soon as once more end within the high 4.

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‘I’m very completely happy and proud to be a Blue and I can not wait to see you quickly at Stamford Bridge,’ Zakaria instructed Chelsea’s web site after his deadline day change.

Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly added: ‘Denis is a gifted midfielder with a lot of high quality and talent.

‘He’ll add depth and vary to our squad this season, and we’re trying ahead to watching him play in Chelsea blue.’

The Blues have solely missed out on the highest 4 as soon as within the final six seasons and so they return to top-flight motion on Saturday after they journey to face Fulham.

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