By Adefunmiloye Alani

21st Jul, 2021 | 9:07am

Chelsea agree fee with Leeds United for Lewis Bate

Leeds United and Chelsea have agreed on a fee for teenage midfielder Lewis Bate, according to Nizaar Kinsella.

Writing on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday morning, the Goal journalist reported that the 18-year-old is having a medical and contract signing tonight (Wednesday), with Leeds set to part with around £1.5million for his signature.

Bate had rejected a contract extension with Chelsea, with just a year left on his deal, and he was keen to leave for Leeds in order to get a clearer pathway to senior football.

All wrapped up

Bate wants a move to Elland Road badly despite being linked with the likes of Liverpool, West Ham United, Leicester City and Brighton [The Athletic].

The young midfielder made his intentions known on Instagram earlier this week, following Leeds and most of their stars on the social media platform.

The England youth international has been named on the Chelsea bench thrice, but is yet to make his first-team debut.

He believes regular playing opportunities would be hard to come by at Stamford Bridge, and we agree with him given the quality of midfield options manager Thomas Tuchel has.

Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa believes age is just a number, playing the youngest goalkeeper in the Premier League last term in Illan Meslier and regularly giving youngsters a chance to prove themselves.

Bate would be linking up with the under-23s once he joins Leeds, but we believe he could be playing for the first-team sooner rather than later.

He is motivated and willing to show that he can become a Premier League star, and he knows Bielsa can make him a better player and a future England international star having seen the swift growth and progress of Kalvin Phillips.

In other Leeds news, Whites want to sign 18-goal African int’l attacker, he played at Elland Rd in 2017.