PL rules may compel Liverpool to sign Romeo Lavia over Khephren Thuram, even if it costs them more money 

PL rules may compel Liverpool to sign Romeo Lavia over Khephren Thuram, even if it costs them more money 

Liverpool may choose to sign Romeo Lavia instead of Khephren Thuram in accordance with the Premier League regulations, even if it means spending more money. 

Jurgen Klopp is planning to make significant changes to his Liverpool squad following a disappointing season where they lost their Champions League status and failed to win any trophies. 

The midfield is a specific area that the club is looking to strengthen. They have already secured the signings of Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai. 

However, there are ongoing rumors linking several midfielders, including Khephren Thuram from Nice and Roméo Lavia from Southampton, to a potential move to Liverpool

According to Rudy Galetti, Liverpool is acting swiftly to attract Thuram to the club, as there is growing interest from Newcastle United.

In an effort to secure the signing of Roméo Lavia, Liverpool is reportedly attempting to outmaneuver their rivals. According to talkSPORT, the club has made an initial offer for the young Belgian midfielder, aiming to beat other interested teams in the race for his signature.

Lavia over Thuram?

The Southampton midfielder, Roméo Lavia, is said to have a valuation of approximately £50 million, as per reports. In contrast, Khephren Thuram from Nice is expected to be available at a significantly lower price. According to Rudy Galetti, Nice has set an asking price of around £38.6 million for the 22-year-old Thuram.

Liverpool might be inclined to choose Roméo Lavia over Khephren Thuram for an important reason: Lavia would not occupy a homegrown slot in the squad. The recent signing of Dominik Szoboszlai means Liverpool has only one non-homegrown slot left before reaching the Premier League’s limit for the first-team squad.

To qualify as homegrown, a player must have been registered with an FA-affiliated club for at least three years prior to turning 21. However, clubs have the flexibility to register an unlimited number of under-21 players beyond the 25-man squad limit. 

By signing Lavia, who is not classified as homegrown, Liverpool would have more flexibility in terms of squad composition and meeting the Premier League regulations.

Furthermore, since Roméo Lavia is only 19 years old, his signing would not occupy a non-homegrown slot in the squad, despite being Belgian. Moreover, once he reaches the age of 21, he would be considered a homegrown player because he would have played in England for more than three years. 

This adds to the appeal of signing Lavia for Liverpool, as it allows them to maximize their non-homegrown slots in the squad while also ensuring long-term compliance with homegrown player requirements.

Premier League’s Homegrown rule

The homegrown rule was introduced by the Premier League in 2008. This rule mandates that each team must have a minimum number of players who have either emerged from the club’s academy or another English club’s academy.

At the conclusion of each transfer window, every Premier League team is required to submit a squad list consisting of a maximum of 25 players. Out of these players, eight must meet the homegrown criteria, leaving room for a maximum of 17 players who are not homegrown.

If a club fails to meet the requirement of having eight homegrown players, their maximum squad size is reduced. For instance, if a club only has six homegrown players, they are restricted to naming a squad of 23 players.

PL rules may compel Liverpool to sign Romeo Lavia over Khephren Thuram, even if it costs them more money 

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