Leeds United are on the verge of signing Lewis Bate from Chelsea this summer.
Athletic’s Simon Johnson said the two clubs have agreed on a transfer fee for the talented young central midfielder.
Chelsea put a sale clause in the player’s contract but there won’t be a buyback option for the Blues.
Apparently, Leeds are now discussing personal matters with the 18-year-old midfielder and the player could have his medical exam tomorrow.
Lewis Bate is approaching a move from #CFC to #LUFC. The fee was agreed with a sale clause, not a buyback. Personal terms are discussed with a medical morning in mind. There’s still a chance another club will kidnap it too late, but obviously time is running out.
– Simon Johnson (@SJohnsonSport) July 20, 2021
Bate is a key member of Chelsea’s U23 squad and is highly rated by the London club.
His signing is clearly a long-term acquisition for Leeds and it is unlikely that he will become Marcelo Bielsa’s first team squad anytime soon.
The youngster has enormous potential and could become a key player for the Whites in the coming seasons.
Leeds have helped young midfielders like Kalvin Phillips develop into quality Premier League players over the past few seasons and Bate hopes to break into the first-team scene soon.
Chelsea will likely be disappointed with the 18-year-old’s departure given he’s so talented. The Blues were under pressure to sell him this summer due to his contract situation. The midfielder’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires in the summer of 2022 and he would have been a free agent next year.
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