By Nick Ware

21st Jul, 2021 | 7:10am

Leeds United could complete signing of Chelsea midfielder Lewis Bate within days

Leeds United could finalise the signing of 18-year-old Chelsea midfielder Lewis Bate before the end of the week, according to The Athletic.

Journalist Simon Johnson has reported that the Whites “hope to complete” the transfer within the next few days after agreeing on a fee with their Premier League rivals, while personal terms are being discussed with a view to staging a medical at Leeds on Wednesday.

Johnson claims Chelsea have negotiated a sell-on clause in the deal, but there is no buy-back agreement.

Flexing our muscles

Bate has attracted considerable interest from a number of Premier League clubs, notably Liverpool, but it looks like the Whites are set to win the race for his signature.

Beating off Liverpool for Bate is no mean feat, but it shows the strength of the club at the moment and just what an attractive proposition we are to players, particularly young starlets.

There is a clear pathway to the first-team at Elland Road, and that’s likely to have tempted the Chelsea midfielder to make the switch to West Yorkshire rather than Merseyside.

With increased spaces on benches in recent times, Marcelo Bielsa has regularly chosen to fill the spots with young talent from the Under-23 side and below.

Joe Gelhardt, Crysencio Summerville and Sam Greenwood were just a few beneficiaries of this, while the likes of Pascal Struijk and Illan Meslier have already stepped up from the second-string side to become senior squad mainstays, with the Frenchman even nailing down a guaranteed spot as the Whites number one.

Bate might be played in Marck Jackson’s Under-23s side from the start of the season, but he will know that there are opportunities to be taken should he flourish in the Whites environment. and that’s why Leeds has become such a hotbed of talent in recent years.

There aren’t many doing it like Leeds.

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