By Pranav Shahaney

23rd Jun, 2022 | 3:10pm

Manchester City stance on Romeo Lavia detailed as Leeds United eye move

Manchester City are reportedly unlikely to let Romeo Lavia join Leeds United at a cut-price fee as they did with Ian Poveda.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Premier League clubs are catching up to Leeds’ system of signing highly-rated youngsters for little to no transfer fees.

Lavia, who is one of City’s best academy midfielders has been wanted by the Whites this summer, but they are unlikely to sanction the 18-year-old’s move to Elland Road without being compensated well.

The report reads, “This summer, the Whites have been linked with Manchester City’s Romeo Lavia – a highly sought-after defensive midfielder from Belgium.

“Where City previously permitted Ian Poveda a move to Elland Road for free before the end of his contract, they are unlikely to take a similar stance with Lavia.”

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Leeds have built this solid foundation of young players and that was evident in the 2021/22 season when they suffered so many injuries but still managed to stay up.

They definitely would have had the most number of academy products promoted and handed their debuts over the course of the Premier League season.

Clubs are aware of their recruitment policy now and are going to make it tougher for them to sign players at a low cost.

That said, Lavia is one player the Whites must consider at all costs as he’s got the potential to break into the first team very soon.

He has been labelled as a “commanding” ball winning midfielder – something that Leeds do not really have in their side.

They’ve got players who can dictate the tempo and have an engine on them, but no pure destroyers who can break up possession and quickly start counterattacks.

In other Leeds United news, Fabrizio Romano has shared if a ‘Sensational’ defensive midfielder has agreed terms for an Elland Road switch and become the club’s fourth summer signing.