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Chelsea had £50m move for Romeo Lavia rejected on deadline day | Football

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

Chelsea were reportedly attempting to sign Southampton defensive midfielder Romeo Lavia in a £50million bid on deadline day.

The 18-year-old Belgium junior international scored the opening goal as the Saints beat the Blues 2-1 on Tuesday.

Lavia only joined Southampton in July, signing a five-year deal after moving from Manchester City.

But that didn’t stop Chelsea from offering £50million to sign him before the 11pm transfer window closes on Thursday, according to local outlet Southern Daily Echo.

This offer was quickly turned down as the South Coast Club considered him untouchable.

Lavia, who is on the touchline for a break due to injury, joined Southampton for £12m plus add-ons and Pep Guardiola’s side have a £40m buyback option.

After Chelsea missed out on Lavia, Chelsea instead opted for defensive midfielder Denis Zakaria on loan from Italian club Juventus.

Thomas Tuchel was keen to boost his midfield opportunities after a mixed start to the season, with his side recording three wins, one draw and two defeats in their first six games.

Zakaria, a 25-year-old Switzerland international, made his name at Borussia Monchengladbach and only joined Juventus in January but is now arriving in west London as Chelsea look to finish in the top four again.

“I’m very happy and proud to be a Blues and I can’t wait to see you at Stamford Bridge soon,” Zakaria told Chelsea’s website after his deadline day move.

Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly added: “Denis is a talented midfielder with a lot of quality and ability.

“He will bring depth and reach to our squad this season and we look forward to seeing him play in the Chelsea blues.”

The Blues have missed the top four just once in the last six seasons and will return to the top action on Saturday when they travel against Fulham.

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