Southampton have signed 18-year-old Tino Livramento from Chelsea on a five-year deal.
The Daily Mail reported last night that the fee was around £ 5 million, while Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that the deal includes a buyback clause.
Livramento was named Chelsea’s Academy Player of the Year in May, revealing talks with his father helped him decide his move to the south coast amid the interest of several Premier League clubs.
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“I spoke to my father about what we thought was best for my future,” said Livramento.
We felt that this was the right time to do this and for me to move on. Having some top clubs interested in choosing Southampton went without saying. They are a solid Premier League club and the manager was a big part of why I wanted to come here and why I wanted to play for Southampton.
His new boss Ralph Hasenhüttl expressed his admiration for the player who played in Chelsea’s U23 as both a full-back and a full-back.
“He is one of the best young players in his position in the country and there were many clubs that wanted to sign him, but in the end he decided for us,” said Hassenhüttl.
I think he 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’s a very good match for the player profile we want and I think he’ll adapt very well to our system and methods.
“Being on the Chelsea first team at his age speaks volumes about his ability.”
An Instagram post from the youngster this morning confirmed his departure hours before the official announcement.
“After 10 great years of playing for the only club I’ve supported since childhood, I’m taking the next big step in my career,” wrote Livramento.
“It was a tough decision, but I think it’s the right one at this stage in my development.”
Livramento’s departure marks the loss of another talented youngster from Stamford Bridge this summer.
He’s arriving at St Mary’s soon to meet a familiar face, with Southampton signing 19-year-old Blues defender Dynel Simeu last week.
Fikayo Tomori’s move to Milan was finalized at the end of the season before his young center-back Marc Guehi began the shorter trip to Crystal Palace in July. There have also been Premier League moves for Lewis Bate and Myles Peart-Harris, to Leeds and Brentford, as rumors of Tammy Abraham’s future continue to circulate, Tuchel has led many to speculate that he might follow the aforementioned young blues out the door .
The Livramento sale brings Chelsea’s summer revenue near the £ 60m mark, but the arrival of Marcus Bettinelli on a free transfer from Fulham remains their only signing.
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