Belgian Teen to Depart Manchester City

Roméo Lavia

Roméo Lavia is set to leave Manchester City for Southampton, according to Fabrizio Romano. The 18-year-old Belgian has accepted all conditions of the contract and is expected to do his medical later this week.

Roméo Lavia to Southampton

A Versatile Player

Having joined Manchester City aged just 16, the still young Roméo Lavia is now set to join Southampton. The Saints have agreed to pay £14 million for the Belgian, as reported by Sky Sports, with a buy-back clause of around £40 million. On paper, the 18-year-old is an excellent signing, since he’s capable of playing in both midfield and defence.

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An Already Successful Career

Roméo Lavia spent eight years with Anderlecht in his youth, where he was noticed by Pep Guardiola in 2019. The very next season, Guardiola signed him for City. Lavia instantly made his mark for the U18 team, being promoted to the U23 team after only a few months.

A few more months passed and the Belgian won the Premier League 2 in April 2021 and was voted Player of the Season. Lavia started training with the senior team in the summer of the same year, earning a place in a squad that played in the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League. However, he didn’t make his senior debut there, but in the Carabao Cup third round against Wycombe Wanderers.

Lavia is yet to play for the senior national team, which is understandable due to his tender age. Not to mention how competitive it is to earn a spot in Belgium’s national team. Regardless, he has enjoyed a solid career through the youth teams, consistently moving up the ladder. Starting from the U15s in 2019 and most recently playing for the U21s this year.

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