Southampton look set to complete their fourth signing of the transfer window, with Tino Livramento set to join from Chelsea in a £5m deal in the coming days.
According to The Athletic, Livramento will join the Saints on a five-year deal, joining Theo Walcott, Romain Perraud and Dynel Simeu as the players to have joined Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad so far this summer.
The Athletic claim that talks between Southampton and Chelsea have been ongoing since March and that the 18-year-old defender was Hasenhuttl’s top target for the summer, with Martin Semmens playing a key role in the negotiations.
They also suggest that the right-back had attracted interest from the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, RB Leipzig and Monaco but opted to make the move to St Mary’s as he believes that there is a clear pathway into the first-team.
At £5m, Livramento could prove to be a bargain for Southampton in the future should he realise his obvious potential, although Chelsea do reportedly have buy-back and sell-on clauses inserted into the deal.
The teenage defender was named as Chelsea’s academy player of the year last season and regularly trained with the first-team towards the end of the season, earning a place on the bench for the Premier League games against Arsenal and Manchester City.
Last season saw the England U19 international make 20 appearances in the Premier League, contributing an impressive two goals and six assists, which suggests that he likes to get forward, and he should provide excellent competition for Kyle Walker-Peters at right-back.
It seems clear that Yan Valery is not trusted by Hasenhuttl after some disappointing performances in recent seasons, and following a loan spell at Birmingham City where he barely featured, it seems likely that he will fall even further down the pecking order once Livramento’s signing is confirmed.
Southampton fans will no doubt be buzzing that Semmens has been able to pull off this deal for Livramento, as he is a “huge talent” who definitely has the potential to be a star at St Mary’s in the future.
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