Following Marc Guéhi, Lewis Bate and several other youngsters reportedly on the verge of leaving Chelsea for opportunities elsewhere, Valetino Livramento is reportedly also close to saying goodbye to Cobham. According to Goal, Premier League outfit Brighton & Hove Albion are making a “final push” to arrange a transfer for the 18-year-old, who was named the Chelsea Academy Player of the Year last term and has one year left on his initial professional contract.
Livramento, who has not had any loans nor has made any senior appearances, has been offered a new contract by Chelsea, but just as it was the case with Lewis Bate, Tino has not been swayed by that offer, and sees a clearer pathway to first-team football elsewhere. Incidentally, he would be the second young Chelsea right back to choose this exact option in the last two years, following Tariq Lamptey’s decision to join Brighton in January 2020. (Lamptey’s time on the South Coast has not been great, though that’s mainly down to injuries, which limited him to just 11 appearances last season.)
Seeing prospects leave is part of the player development process by definition, but it’s still disappointing to see promising players leave at what seems like a younger and younger age.