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Southampton, Chelsea agree £5m transfer for Valentino Livramento — report

Teenage dreams

Chelsea U18 v Everton U18: FA Youth Cup Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Chelsea youngster Valentino Livramento is set to be the latest promising talent to take the seemingly ever more popular route of transferring somewhere else — AC Milan and Brighton & Hove Albion just two of the more serious links this — instead of going out on loan and hoping for a chance with the Blues at some point in the indeterminate future. It’s hard to fault the kids for backing themselves in such a manner, especially with the Chelsea first-team stocked not only with plenty of young talent already, but also a fair bit of surplus experience.

In any case, Livramento, who was named our Academy Player of the Year just a few months ago, has reportedly agreed a five-year contract with Southampton, with the Saints in turn agreeing a £5m transfer with Chelsea this weekend. That’s according to the Daily Mail, who expect this deal to go through shortly. Livramento would be competing with former Spurs prospect Kyle Walker-Peters and Saints’ own Yan Valery at the right back position.

The 18-year-old had just one year left on the initial three-year professional deal he signed with Chelsea (the maximum allowed). There is no word on any sort of buyback or other future clauses, though that doesn’t mean there won’t be something included along those lines. UPDATE: The Athletic say that both will exist, with the buy-back option set at around £25m, as per the Guardian.