Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel can rectify £38m transfer mistake after Theo Walcott warning

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Chelsea’s latest transfer mistake has been laid bare by Southampton striker Theo Walcott, who believes the club shouldn’t have let Tino Livramento leave. The Blues put a buy-back clause in the agreement with the Saints, and triggering it could solve another massive issue at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea sold the 19-year-old to Southampton for just £5million this summer after he struggled to break through into the senior ranks at Stamford Bridge.

But Livramento has been a revelation on the south coast.

He’s been ever-present for the Saints in the Premier League this season and has even managed to rack up a goal and an assist during his 11 games so far.

And former England ace Walcott has insisted that Chelsea made a mistake allowing the talented teenager to leave – and even compared him to his old Saints team-mate Gareth Bale.

“I’m amazed Southampton picked him up from Chelsea. It’s a great buy and hopefully, we can keep hold of him because I’m sure teams will be sniffing around him,” Walcott told talkSPORT.

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“You can just see that he’s got an aura about him, around the place.

“He’s changed completely, which is really nice to see when you get a bit more confidence playing. He’s not as shy and timid around the place, he’s got a bit more of a presence.

“It just shows that there’s a future star there but again we need to be careful as we always do but it’s why we love football isn’t it? I can’t complain, he’s been absolutely fantastic.

“Do you know what, he reminds me a little bit of Gareth [Bale] when he came through as a full-back. That’s a big statement, of course, to compare him to someone like that but you just feel like his presence and the way he drives and the pace and the power – and it’s no surprise, you know what he’s going to do.”

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Chelsea’s decision to allow Livramento to leave the club has looked even more confusing in recent weeks as the Blues have been linked with Barcelona right-back Sergino Dest.

Although Reece James is in the form of his life right now, it’s clear Thomas Tuchel is keen to bring in another dynamic, young player to compete with him for the wing-back spot as Cesar Azpilicueta winds down his career.

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Instead of pursuing Dest, Tuchel should push the Chelsea hierarchy to rectify their transfer mistake and bring Livramento back to the club.

The Blues reportedly inserted a buy-back clause in the deal that saw Livramento depart, so there was clearly a suspicion that the England U21 international could prove to be a future hit.

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The Athletic reported back in September that Chelsea can re-sign Livramento for a fee of around £38m; an amount much higher than the paltry sum they received for his services.

But it could be a sum well worth paying sooner rather than later.

Despite Barcelona’s financial problems, a deal for Dest is unlikely to be cheap. And the same goes for any other exciting young full-back around Europe who may interest Tuchel and transfer chief Marina Granovskaia.

Both Tuchel and his predecessor, Frank Lampard, have already reaped the rewards of placing their trust in youth; with a host of Blues academy stars such as James, Mason Mount and Trevoh Chalobah all proving to be pivotal players in Chelsea’s title challenge this term.

Livramento has already shown that he has the scope to slot in seamlessly alongside his fellow Cobham graduates, and £38m isn’t the most excessive sum when it could guarantee the Blues the best years of Livramento’s career given his tender age.

And it could prove to be a masterstroke if Walcott’s verdict on Livramento following Bale’s path turns out to be on the money.

Whatever way you look at it, it seems like a no-brainer for Tuchel and Chelsea to prioritise luring Livramento back to London.

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