Chelsea agree transfer fee for Liverpool target Lavia - sources

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Chelsea have agreed a deal with Southampton worth up to £58 million ($73.7m) for midfielder Romeo Lavia, sources have told ESPN.

The Blues will pay and initial £53 million with a further £5m in performance-related add-ons.

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Personal terms are not expected to be an issue and the 19-year-old will undergo a medical later this week ahead of a move to Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool had previously had a £60m ($76.2m) offer for Lavia accepted by Southampton but the player expressed a desire to join Chelsea, allowing the Blues to negotiate a slightly lower fee.

It is the second time in a matter of days that Liverpool have lost out on a midfielder to Chelsea after Jurgen Klopp's side agreed a British record £111m fee with Brighton for Moisés Caicedo, only for the player to reject the proposal.

Chelsea signed Caicedo on Monday in a deal worth up to £115m ($146m).

Lavia only joined Southampton from Manchester City last summer, making 29 Premier League appearances but repeatedly impressed in a side which was relegated to the Championship.

Saints paid an initial £10.5m but are due to pay a 20 per cent sell-on fee to City after agreeing terms with Chelsea.