Southampton are on the verge of signing 18-year-old Tino Livramento from Chelsea, according to numerous reports.
The Daily Mail broke the story that a £5m deal for the full-back was imminent last night, with The Athletic today confirming a five-year deal is close.
The Athletic report also revealed the presence of a buy-back clause in the agreement, believed to be in the region of £25 million.
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Although the Saints are yet to announce his arrival, an Instagram post by the player all but confirmed his Chelsea departure.
“After 10 amazing years of playing for the only club that I’ve supported since a child, I’m taking the next big step in my career,” Livramento wrote.
“It’s been a difficult decision, but I feel it’s the right one to make at this stage of my development.”
Livramento’s departure would mark the loss of another talented youngster from Stamford Bridge this summer.
He would arrive at St Mary’s and immediately be greeted by a familiar face, with Southampton already having signed 19-year-old defender Dynel Simeu from the Blues last week.
There have also been Premier League moves for Lewis Bate and Myles Peart-Harris, to Leeds and Brentford respectively, as rumours continue to swirl around the future of Tammy Abraham.
Livramento’s sale would take Chelsea’s summer intake of funds close to the £60 million mark, but as yet Marcus Bettinelli’s arrival on a free transfer from Fulham remains their only signing.
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