Southampton and Aston Villa look set to miss out on the signature of Chelsea starlet Tino Livramento with Premier League rivals Brighton and Hove Albion in pole position, as reported by Goal.
It has been a frustrating couple of days for Southampton in their pursuit of a full-back.
The Saints were expected to have finally tied up a deal for Brandon Williams by now but Ralph Hasenhuttl finds himself back in the familiar surroundings of square one with just five weeks of the transfer window remaining.
And, just to rub some salt into the wound, it looks as though Southampton are about to miss out on Livramento too as Brighton close in on a deal for Chelsea’s 2021 academy player of the year.
Will Brighton succeed where Southampton failed in race for Livramento?
There’s something of a home-grown exodus going on at Stamford Bridge at the moment, with Livramento following Marc Guehi and Fikayo Tomori out the door.
Lewis Bate, one of the most exciting young midfielders in England, also appears to have come to the conclusion he would be better served continuing his development under Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United.
And, in truth, who can blame Livramento if he decides to leave Chelsea for Brighton?
Tariq Lamptey hasn’t done too badly since making that £4 million move to the Amex in January 2020.
Goal reports Southampton made a “strong late approach” for Livramento, a rampaging right-back known for his speed and delivery. Aston Villa were interested too.
But Brighton appear to have won the race and, in Graham Potter, Livramento will soon be playing under a coach whose player development record is as good as anyone’s in the Premier League.