Chelsea cannot cut any corners if they are to reclaim Tino Livramento from Southampton sometime in the future.
A report from The Athletic explained that if the Blues had ambitions of re-signing Livramento, they would have to fork out around £38m.
This is £23m more than the original sum Southampton was forced to cough up.
Or rather, forced to cough up next summer.
The Athletic say the Saints can delay their payment for another year due to the terms in the transfer.
They also state that Livramento’s buyback clause stands at £50m.
However, Chelsea would only need to hand over £38m as they are set to earn a slice of the earnings from the player’s next move, wherever that might be.
This buyback clause won’t be initiated until 2023, so any desires the Stamford Bridge hierarchy have of recovering their lost possession must wait for a while.
In Tino we trust
Understandably, Southampton would be reluctant to let Livramento leave; a return to Chelsea or otherwise.
The teenager has been making waves down by the coast, the kind that really captures the onlooker’s eye.
He has started all six of the Saints Premier League games this season, ensuring two clean sheets and earning a man-of-the-match award against Manchester United.
“When I saw how quickly he got there and how quickly he was able to deliver what we asked of him in this position, I knew that we had something very good, something very special,” said Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl about the full-back not long after the United match.
Chelsea could do with a defender
Watching from afar, Chelsea will be openly praising but quietly rueing their decision to sell Livramento.
Right-back is an area that probably needs addressing in Thomas Tuchel’s squad, especially now Reece James is injured.
Cesar Azpilicueta cannot go on forever and Callum Hudson-Odoi is not yet fully trusted by the coach.
Yet, this is the exact reason why Livramento departed in the first place; he would’ve been at least the fourth choice in that position.
A few years down the line, that story might be different.