TINO LIVRAMENTO is set to follow Harvey Barnes to Newcastle United, with talks over the Southampton full-back having progressed rapidly in the last 24 hours.

Barnes’ £38m switch from Leicester City should be confirmed before the end of the weekend, with the midfielder having completed a medical on Tyneside yesterday. Once his transfer is signed off, Barnes will head to the United States to join up with Eddie Howe and his first-team squad.

He looks like being joined by Livramento, with an agreement over the 20-year-old now understood to be extremely close.

Newcastle are set to agree to a total package worth around £30m for the England Under-21 international, although a proportion of that fee will be deferred and will be dependent on a series of pre-arranged clauses being met.

The Magpies’ recruitment team regard Livramento as one of the most exciting young defenders in Europe, and have been keen to engineer a deal all summer.

The youngster is primarily a right-back, and will provide cover and competition for current first-choice Kieran Trippier. His arrival could well see Harrison Ashby, who scored Newcastle’s winner in Tuesday’s friendly victory over Rangers, heading out on loan.


Livramento could also play on the left-hand side of the back four, or his arrival could potentially see Trippier switching to left-back on occasion, as he has with England in the past.

With Southampton having accepted they will be unable to keep Livramento at St Mary’s following their relegation last season, Newcastle officials are hoping to be able to complete a deal in the next few days.

Livramento is yet to undergo a medical, but the personal terms of the transfer will not present any problems and things should progress reasonably rapidly once the defender gets the green light to travel to Tyneside.

Having been born in Croydon, Livramento joined Chelsea’s academy at a young age and progressed through the Stamford Bridge club’s junior ranks. He did not play a senior game for Blues, instead joining Southampton in the summer of 2021.

He has made 34 senior appearances for the Saints, although he was sidelined for more than a year after damaging his anterior cruciate ligaments in April 2022. He returned to action in May, and was a substitute for Southampton’s final two games of the Premier League season.