SOUTHAMPTON are set to win the race for Chelsea youngster Tino Livramento, according to reports.
The 18-year-old is entering the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge but talks over an extension are said to have collapsed.
Tino Livramento impressed for Chelsea’s Under-23 side last season[/caption]
Thomas Tuchel called the defender up to two Premier League matchday squads last season but he is yet to make a senior debut for the club.
Interest heightened in Livramento earlier in the summer and Brighton were linked amid talk that he wanted first-team football next season.
But, according to the Mail, negotiations have advanced over a £5million transfer to Southampton.
The South Coast outfit are said to be offering a five-year contract to the 18-year-old and the chance to play a role in the senior side.
After losing Ryan Bertrand on a free transfer, Kyle Walker-Peters and £11m signing from Brest, Romain Perraud, are set to be Ralph Hasenhuttl’s first-choice full-backs in the new campaign.
But Livramento, who won Chelsea’s Academy Player of the Season award for 2020-21, would feature as an understudy and is capable of playing on both flanks in defence and midfield.
Southampton have already snapped up Blues prospect Dynel Simeu in an estimated £1.5m deal earlier this summer.
Competition for Livramento’s signature has been considerable with Manchester City, Arsenal, AC Milan, Monaco and RB Leipzig all named as interested.
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Chelsea have seen a number of young stars depart on permanent deals this summer.
West Ham snapped up defender Pierre Ekwah-Elimby before Fikayo Tomori’s loan stint in Milan was made permanent for £26m.
Crystal Palace paid £21m for Marc Guehi and Leeds secured a £1.5m deal for Lewis Bate, with Charlie Wiggett, Myles Peart-Harris and Jon Russell joining Newcastle, Brentford and Huddersfield respectively.
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