Transfer: Manchester City midfielder leaves, joins EPL rival as Arsenal confirm deal for 23-year-old star


Manchester City on Wednesday confirmed that midfielder, Romeo Lavia, has left the club to join Premier League rival Southampton.

Lavia, 18, joined Southampton on a permanent transfer.

Pep Guardiola’s side confirmed this in a statement via its website.

The statement read in part, “Romeo Lavia has left Manchester City to join Southampton on a permanent transfer.

“The 18-year-old midfielder joined City from Belgian club Anderlecht in 2020, signing his first professional contract.

“The Belgian made his first-team debut in City’s 6-1 Carabao Cup win over Wycombe Wanderers in September 2021 before a second appearance as a late substitute in January’s Emirates FA Cup victory at Swindon Town.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal on Thursday confirmed that defender, Anna Patten, has joined Aston Villa Women on loan.

In a statement on its website, Arsenal said, “Anna Patten has joined Barclays Women’s Super League club Aston Villa on loan for the 2022/23 season.

“Anna spent time on loan at Aston Villa last season, joining in January and making eight appearances in all competitions, before illness cut her move short. ”

“Anna has made a total of 31 appearances for the club to date, scoring twice.

“Everybody at the club wishes her well at Aston Villa this season.”

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