Leeds United look to be closing in on the signing of Chelsea academy project Lewis Bate. A fee has reportedly been agreed with the London club and personal terms currently being discussed, before a medical and official announcement can be announced by the end of the week.
Lewis Bate is closing in on a move from #CFC to #LUFC. Fee has been agreed with a sell on clause, no buy back. Personal terms being discussed in view of a medical tomorrow. Still possibility of another club hijacking it late but obviously time is running out for that to happen.— Simon Johnson (@SJohnsonSport) July 20, 2021
The 18 year old midfielder sparked interest from a number of clubs, including West Ham, Liverpool and Leicester when he - along with team mates Valentino Livramento and Myles Peart-Harris - refused to sign new deals at Stamford Bridge in hope of more regular first team football elsewhere.
Bate then dangled the proverbial carrot on Monday evening when he followed the entire Leeds United squad on Instagram.
Furthermore, despite interest from the aforementioned clubs, Leeds’ swiftness in ironing out a deal has catapulted them into pole position for the England under-19 midfielder’s signature, with a hijack from a Premier League rival now looking increasingly unlikely.
In Bate (take solace from the lack of ‘s’ on the end) Leeds look to be getting a highly intelligent young midfielder. Touted by some within the Chelsea ranks as better than Billy Gilmour when he was 18, his quality on the ball from deep will blend seamlessly into the well-known ‘Kalvin Phillips Role’
Bate featured 20 times in Chelsea’s 2020/2021 Premier League 2 campaign, predominantly in a deep-lying central midfield role, however he featured sporadically in more advanced midfield positions throughout the season.
Should all go to plan, personal terms will be agreed and a medical organised in the next few days, with an official announcement of the signing imminent.