Southampton raid Chelsea again as AC Milan battle Brighton, others for Blues starlet

Southampton are reportedly set to win the race to sign Chelsea starlet Tino Livramento as AC Milan, Brighton, others circle for the youngster.

Highly-rated defender Livramento, 18, is poised to become the second youngster to swap Chelsea for Southampton this summer, following centre-back Dynel Simeu, after the south coast club agreed a deal with the European champions and terms with the player.

According to the Daily Mail, Southampton will pay a fee believed to be around £5m for Livramento who will pen a five-year deal.

England under-19 prospect Livramento was attracting plenty of interest as he entered the final year of his Chelsea contract and with talks failing to result in a new agreement.

He was wanted by Manchester City, Arsenal and Brighton, among others, in the Premier League but also the likes of AC Milan, RB Leipzig and Monaco abroad.

However, Southampton, who have been monitoring and working on a deal for Livramento in the background for some time, have swooped in and pulled off a coup by persuading Livramento to move to St Mary’s.

Talks over the deal led by Southampton chief executive Martin Semmens have accelerated over the weekend and Livramento’s switch is now on the verge of being finalised.

Ralph Hasenhuttl is delighted with the imminent capture of Livramento who will fill a position in his squad the Southampton boss was keen to sort out this summer.

Hasenhuttl was in the market for a versatile back up full-back and has managed to land one of the most promising youngsters in the country to solve his search.

Livramento can play as a full-back or wing back on both sides of the pitch.