Lewis Bate in Leeds to complete medical after agreeing personal terms
Chelsea midfielder Lewis Bate arrived in Leeds to undergo a medical this morning after Leeds United agreed a fee to sign him, according to The Athletic.
The Whites are paying £1.5million for the 18-year-old, plus add-ons depending on the amount of Premier League appearances he makes for them, and a deal is expected to be officially confirmed this evening.
Chelsea have inserted a sell-on clause as part of the deal, and they had no choice but to sell him to Leeds after Bate refused to pen a contract extension.
Leeds are getting a prodigy in the teenage sensation, and all eyes will be on the England youth international.
He was a regular for the Blues under-23s last term and has already been named in the first-team matchday squad thrice.
Some coaches at Chelsea actually regard Bate as a better player than Billy Gilmour was at 18 [The Athletic], and that speaks volumes.
The youngster reckons Leeds provide a more realistic pathway to first-team football given those ahead of him in the pecking order at Chelsea.
He would need to prove himself with our under-23s first and impress head coach Marcelo Bielsa, and we see him doing that.
Bate is already following some of Leeds stars on Instagram, and they could soon be sharing the same dressing room.
Chelsea would be gutted to be losing such a highly-rated player, and that is set to be our gain.
He is likely to start training with the senior side very soon like most of the under-23s do, and we cannot wait to see how he fares next season and going forward.
In other Leeds news, Whites want to sign 18-goal African int’l attacker, he played at Elland Rd in 2017.