As per David Ornstein of The Athletic, Newcastle United are now set to sign Tino Livramento from Southampton, after the two sides agreed to a £40m deal.
The South Coast side finally accepted a bid from The Magpies, with talks having been open between the two clubs since June. The complication of negotiations were due to the defenders former side, Chelsea, being owed a “hefty” sell-on fee of any sum Southampton potentially receive for the player- meaning they would need to charge a high price in order to make a significant profit for themselves.
Consequently, this has resulted in Eddie Howe’s side paying slightly over the defenders €25m market value, as estimated by Transfermarkt, however, there is potential that this value could grow- as is shown by the period between August 2021 and March 2022, where it increased five-fold.
Having signed for the Saints for £5m from Chelsea’s u21 side in August 2021, Newcastle’s interest in the 20-year-old comes after he had an impressive debut season in senior football under Ralph Hassenhüttl- where he made 25 Premier league starts and excited many with his ability to make driving runs past the opposition and read play to win the ball back for his side.
However, despite possessing excellent physicality and athleticism beyond his years, the 20-year-old suffered an ACL injury towards the end of the 2021/22 campaign, leaving him out for just under a year and limiting him to just 26 league minutes last season.
Livramento would be the third first-team signing at St.James Park this summer, with Sandro Tonali having arrived for €70m from AC Milan, whilst Harvey Barnes has joined for £38m from the relegated Leicester City.
Furthermore, competing with Kieran Trippier- who was Newcastle’s player of the season last year- the right-back’s incoming is another step in the Tyneside club’s attempts to bolster their squad in a variety of positions ahead of next season, where they will compete in Champions League football for the first time since the 2002/03 season.
Travis Levison | Get Football