Chelsea supporters on social media huddled together in disdain after discovering the levels to Tino Livramento’s buyback clause.
According to The Athletic, the Blues can re-sign Livramento from Southampton for £38m, but not until 2023.
The original figure was set at £50m, however, Chelsea will be offered a discount price due to gaining a share of the profit if the defender moves again.
Although the price might have been cut, £38m is still a substantial fee for a player who only a few months ago was walking the Cobham corridors.
Blues fans felt this was a massive kick in the teeth, considering they could have kept the teenager for free.
Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:
Marina disasterclass..great— ²⁰⚡★★ (@potycalteckzz) September 30, 2021
Why was he released in the first place?..Tuchel’s talent ID is questionable— Leo Travey (@TraveyLeo) September 30, 2021
Livramento living it up
Southampton’s gain is certainly Chelsea’s loss at the moment.
Livramento has taken to the coastal club like a duck to water.
He has only missed four minutes of Premier League action this season, a huge nod to the 18-year-old’s fitness and ability.
It also highlights Ralph Hasenhuttl’s trust in the full-back.
Before making the switch from Stamford Bridge to Saint Mary’s, Livramento had never played first-team football.
Now, here he is, a fully-fledged top-flight regular, starting ahead of his side’s regular right-back.
Kyle Walker-Peters, who had a brilliant debut campaign for the Saints, has now found himself behind the Chelsea pupil in the pecking order.
Chelsea under the cosh
Two young, English talents battling for the same position; it’s a decent luxury for Hasenhuttl to enjoy.
A treat that Thomas Tuchel is missing out on.
Well, sort of.
Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi are sort of vying for the right wing-back slot, although the latter is being largely overlooked.
Had Livramento stuck around, he would have certainly given James and Hudson-Odoi a run for their money.
Who knows, that scenario might still surface if Chelsea decide to instigate the buyback clause in two years’ time.