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Chelsea plan immediate Romeo Lavia debut as £50m transfer breakthrough nears

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Chelsea are closing in on a ­£50million deal for Romeo Lavia, after the Southampton midfielder rejected Liverpool in favour of a move to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues’ move for the 19-year-old will take their spending on midfielders to £165m in the space of a few days, after they completed a British record £115m transfer of Moises Caicedo last night.

Lavia has followed Caicedo in turning down Liverpool for Chelsea, in another boost for Mauricio Pochettino and another setback for Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool have been pursuing Lavia all summer, but Chelsea have swooped to snatch him from under their noses.

Chelsea hope to complete a deal in time for Lavia to be in the squad to face West Ham on Sunday alongside Caicedo, who has signed an eight-year contract with an option of a further year.

Chelsea co-director of recruitment and talent Joe Shields is thought to have played a key role in helping Lavia choose them over Liverpool. Shields was instrumental when Southampton signed Lavia from ­Manchester City last summer, before the director was poached by Chelsea in October.

Signing Lavia would take Chelsea’s spending under owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake to beyond £900m and they are also interested in Crystal Palace’s 21-year-old winger Michael Olise.

Chelsea are preparing for a player exodus in the final weeks of the transfer window in a bid to balance the books.

The Blues will step up plans to sell Conor Gallagher, Trevoh Chalobah, Ian Maatsen, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech. Carney Chukwuemeka or new £26m signing Lesley Ugochukwu could be loaned out.

Despite Chelsea being willing to lose Gallagher, the 23-year-old midfielder is keen to stay and fight for his place.

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Transfer: Juventus line up move for Wilfred Ndidi

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Serie A giants, Juventus are targeting a move to Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi this summer. Ndidi is into the final

Serie A giants, Juventus are targeting a move to Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi this summer.

Ndidi is into the final months of his contract with Leicester City and could leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the month.

According to Tuttosport, the Nigeria international is among the three players Juventus are looking to sign to bolster their midfield in the summer.

The other two players are Jorginho and Mikel Merino.

Ndidi reportedly has interests from clubs in England, Spain and Turkey.

The 27-year-old has registered four goals and six assists in 32 appearances for Leicester City this season.

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Transfer: Trabzonspor keen to extend Onuachu’s loan for another season

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Transfer: Trabzonspor keen to extend Onuachu’s loan for another season

Trabzonspor want to take Southampton forward Paul Onuachu on loan for another season.

Onuachu joined the Turkish Super Lig side on a season-long loan last summer.

The Nigeria international has registered nine goals and three assists in 17 league appearances for Trabzonspor.

The Black Sea Storm are keen to sign the striker permanently but cannot meet up with Southampton’s €15 million valuation.

According to a report in Transfermarkt, Trabzonspor president, Ertugrul Dogan is pushing hard to have Onuachu at the club at least for another season.

A return to Southampton is highly unlikely for the lanky hitman, who struggled to establish himself during his six-month stay at the club.

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Transfer: Napoli identify top striker to replace Osimhen

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Transfer: Napoli identify top striker to replace Osimhen

Napoli have identified Lille striker, Jonathan David as the top target to replace departing Victor Osimhen.

Despite signing a contract extension with Napoli last December, Osimhen is set to leave the Italian side at the end of the season.

Paris Saint-Germain is leading the race to sign him as a replacement for Real Madrid-bound Kylian Mbappe.

Chelsea are also said to be interested in signing the Nigeria international as their marquee forward signing to take the club to the next level.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Jonathan David is the top preference for Napoli.

David has scored 23 goals and provided 7 assists in 39 games so far this season, mirroring his output from the 2022-2023 campaign.

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