Man City leading United, Liverpool in chase to sign Belgian wonderkid

Date published: Tuesday 23rd June 2020 6:38 - Rob McCarthy

Manchester United are reportedly vying with Manchester City and Liverpool to sign Belgian wonderkid Romeo Lavia this summer.

The much sought-after teenager is considered one of the brightest prospects in Belgian football, having joined Vincent Kompany’s Anderlecht back in 2012.

The talented 16-year-old, who can play as a centre-back on holding midfielder, has represented Belgium and captained the side at Under-16 level against France and Portugal.

However, he failed to see any first-team action at Anderlecht and announced on Instagram last week that he was leaving.

“It’s with great emotion that I announce the end of my adventure at Anderlecht,” he wrote.

“I would like to thank all the wonderful people (staff, supporters and team-mates) that I have known daily, whether they be close or far away and who have always believed in me because you made me better.

“This club and its colours will keep a huge place in my heart! But now is the time for me after eight wonderful seasons to turn this page and write a new one full of surprises.”

Belgian publication Het Laatse Nieuws, as cited by the Daily Express, claims that City are in pole-position to secure the player’s signature.

Indeed, Pep Guardiola’s side are reported to be in advanced talks to bring Lavia to the Etihad Stadium in the upcoming transfer window.

However, United and Liverpool are also interested, with scouts from both clubs monitoring Lavia’s progress and hoping to get one over on their Premier League rival.

 

 

Meanwhile, Phil Foden believed his performance against Burnley was his best for Manchester City yet, but was unwilling to entertain talk he could replace David Silva as their main creator.

Foden scored the first and last goals as City claimed a convincing 5-0 win at the Etihad Stadium, making Liverpool wait a little longer to take their Premier League trophy.

The 20-year-old has now scored in each of City’s two games since their return from the three-month break. But Foden was keen to shift the emphasis towards the team as a whole, despite how much he is enjoying his rich vein of form. Read more…

 

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