Southampton sign second Chelsea starlet in a week as Livramento joins
Southampton sign second Chelsea starlet in a week as highly rated 18-year-old full back Tino Livramento makes the switch to the South Coast… following in the footsteps of fellow prospect Dynel Simeu
- Tino Livramento passed a medical on Sunday night ahead of the transfer
- MailOnline revealed on Sunday that the signing was on the verge of completion
- The teenager will act as back-up to Kyle Walker-Peters and Romain Perraud
- Livramento was named Chelsea’s Academy Player of the Year last season
- His departure is the latest in a mass exodus of young talent from the club
- Dynel Simeu, Lewis Bate and Myles Peart-Harris have all sought pastures new
Southampton have completed the permanent signing of starlet Tino Livramento from Chelsea.
MailOnline revealed on Sunday that Southampton were on the brink of a surprise swoop for promising teenage defender Livramento after talks led by Saints chief executive Martin Semmens accelerated over the weekend and the South Coast club jumped to the front of the queue for his signature.
Attacking, versatile full back Livramento passed a medical in London on Sunday night ahead of signing a five-year deal and finalising his switch on Monday.
Exciting young full back Tino Livramento has secured a move from Chelsea to Southampton
He can play on both wings and will be back-up for Kyle Walker-Peters and Romain Perraud
Ralph Hasenhuttl says he is ‘one of the best young players in his position in the country’
Southampton agreed a deal worth around £5million with Chelsea to land Livramento.
The deal will also include sell-on and buy-back clauses for Chelsea, the latter understood to be significantly more than £25m.
Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said: ‘He is one of the best young players in his position in the country and there were a lot of clubs who were interested in signing him, but finally he chose to join us.
‘I think he has made a very good choice, and this will be an excellent place for him to continue his development and hopefully reach his full potential.
‘He is very much in line with the profile of player we want and I think he will adapt very well to our system and methods. To be around the first team of Chelsea at his age speaks about his ability.’
Brighton were thought to frontrunners for some time but were reluctant to include the buy-back option.
The reluctance to agree a buy-back option cost Brighton dearly as they lost out to their rivals
Even though he is yet to make a senior appearance, signing Livramento is a significant coup for Southampton as he was Chelsea’s Academy Player of the Year last term and is considered one of the most exciting youngsters in English football.
The England under-19 prospect was attracting plenty of interest as he entered the final year of his Chelsea contract and with talks failing to result in a new agreement.
In England, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Everton and Brighton were all keen to exploit the uncertainty over his future and made moves for Livramento. Abroad, AC Milan, RB Leipzig and Monaco were all keen.
Livramento was on the bench for the first team last season and has paid tribute to his old side
However, Southampton, had also been working in the background on a deal to sign Livramento and been successful in their attempts to persuade him they could offer the best route to first-team football.
Livramento said: ‘I’ve been discussing with my dad about what we thought was best for my future. We felt like this was the right time for it to happen and for me to move on.
‘To have interest from a few top clubs, to choose Southampton was sort of a no-brainer.
‘They are a solid Premier League club and the manager was quite a big factor as to why I wanted to come here and why I wanted to play for Southampton.’
Hasenhüttl is delighted with the imminent capture of Livramento who will fill a position in his squad the Southampton boss was keen to sort out this summer.
Hasenhüttl was in the market for a versatile back up full-back and has managed to land one of the most promising youngsters in the country to solve his search.
Livramento can play as a full-back or wing back on both sides of the pitch. With Kyle Walker-Peters and new boy Romain Perraud as Southampton’s more experienced, first-choice options, Livramento will provide cover and competition for both.
Livramento joined Chelsea as an under-9 and was highly thought of as he worked his way through their youth set-up to the brink of the first team, making the subs’ bench for their games against Arsenal and Manchester City at the end of last season.
He will now continue his career at Southampton, along with fellow defender Dynel Simeu who made the same move from Chelsea last week.
The two players have been among a number of academy prospects who have opted to leave Chelsea this summer.
Fikayo Tomori completed a £25m move to AC Milan and Marc Guehi was allowed to join Crystal Palace for £18m.
Midfielder Lewis Bate was snapped up by Leeds for around £1.5m and Myles Peart-Harris left Chelsea for Brentford.
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