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Manchester City sells young midfielder to Southampton for €77m

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O Manchester City made official, this Wednesday, the sale of Roméo Lavia, who signed with Southampton until the end of the 2026/27 season. According to the newspaper The Guardianthe transfer of the 18-year-old midfielder was concluded for 12 million pounds (R$ 77.7 million).

Also according to the publication, City also secured, through the contract, a buyback clause for 40 million pounds (R$ 259 million). So, if Pep Guardiola’s team wants to count on the player in the future, it must pay that amount to reacquire him.

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“I am very happy to join this team. I think the club has a very good culture with young players, so I’m really happy to be here. When I heard about Southampton’s interest, I was excited because there is an opportunity for young people to develop as much as possible and I’m very excited.”

Lavia was revealed at Anderlecht-BEL and signed by Manchester City’s under-18 team in 2020. He played just two matches as a professional during the 2021/22 season, one for the FA Cup and the other for the League Cup.

In this transfer window, City had the departure of the experienced Fernandinho, who went to Atletico-PR. However, on the other hand, the club signed fellow midfielder Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United.

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Source: Gazetaesportiva

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