Newcastle United have completed the signing of Tino Livramento from Southampton.
The Athletic reported last week that Southampton accepted a £40million offer from Newcastle for the 20-year-old full back.
Livramento has signed a five-year deal with the club and the youngster spoke of his excitement at the opportunity to play in the Champions League this season.
He said: “I’m really excited to have signed for Newcastle United and I’m looking forward to playing in front of the fans.
“I was here for the games over the weekend; even though they were friendlies, there were so many fans and they were still so loud so I can’t wait to see what it feels like to play in front of them in a Premier League or Champions League game.
“The way the manager plays football is really attractive and I feel like it suits me as a player. And with how well the team did last season, the trajectory that we’re on now, I’m just looking forward to being a part of that.
“And to be able to learn from Kieran Trippier is another big thing for me; hopefully he teaches me how to become a better player and a better full-back.”
Discussions between the two clubs have been going on since June and negotiations proved complicated with Livramento’s previous club, Chelsea, being owed a hefty sell-on fee in any transfer — meaning the south coast side required a large sum to ensure a sizeable profit for themselves.
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Livramento is highly rated but made just two appearances for Southampton last season as he was recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury he sustained in April 2022.
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He did, however, return to action in May and has featured for Russell Martin’s side during pre-season as Southampton prepare for an upcoming campaign in the Championship.
Livramento joined Southampton on a five-year deal in August 2021 after rising through the academy ranks at Chelsea.
Newcastle have been active so far in the summer transfer window, with Sandro Tonali, Harvey Barnes and Yankubah Minteh joining Eddie Howe’s side for combined fees of at least £98m.
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Is right-back a priority position for Newcastle?
Not particularly. They have been in the market for a starting-quality left-back but looked to have addressed their long-term succession planning at right-back by signing 21-year-old Harrison Ashby from West Ham United in January.
However, the club have been opportunistic in recent windows — such as exploiting Everton’s financial issues to sign long-term target Anthony Gordon that same month, a move that had initially been circled for this summer.
With Champions League football secured for next season, there is a recognition that Kieran Trippier, who turns 33 in September, cannot play every game in the Premier League and Europe. Javier Manquillo is not part of head coach Eddie Howe’s long-term plans, Emil Krafth is recovering from his own ACL injury suffered last August and Ashby only played six minutes of Premier League football more than a year ago, so bringing in further reinforcements makes sense — if it was the right player.
Sporting director Dan Ashworth had been keen to sign Livramento while he was in the same job at Brighton — who are interested in the player again now.
Livramento’s ceiling is seen as extremely high — a player who can both contribute to his new club immediately and still develop in the future.
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