Chelsea teenager Lewis Bate is looking set to join Leeds after refusing to sign a long-term extension in west London, according to reports.
The 18-year-old has opted to join Marcelo Bielsa’s side in search of regular first-team minutes, but the possibility of the deal being hijacked has not been ruled out, as per recent reports.
The midfielder has rejected an offer to further his stay in west London, after it was said that Chelsea had presented a ‘good offer’ to their academy product, who made 26 outings across all competitions for the Blues’ U-23 side last term.
According to Goal, Bate is nearing a move to the Peacocks as the young midfielder searches for a quicker route to first-team football rather than spending further time at a top academy.
The deal will include a sell-on clause without a buy-back option, with Bate ready to go and test himself in the English top-flight after impressing for his side’s U-23 group last term.
It has further been reported that personal terms could soon be agreed upon by the player’s entourage, and Bate could undergo his medical as soon as tomorrow.
With rumours circling about the midfielder’s future at Chelsea, Bate was demoted the club’s U-16 ranks last week, suggesting that the club were worried that the Englishman could choose to leave the club ahead of the new campaign.
Liverpool, West Ham and Southampton were also in the running for the talented youngster, with Bate looking for a quicker pathway to first-team football despite Chelsea having presented a ‘good offer’ to the London-born star to further his stay at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have also seen academy stars Tino Livramento and Myles Peart-Harris reject new deals, which is a concerning look for the club, who are struggling to extend the stay of some of their most talented youngsters.
According to a recent report from Sky Germany, Chelsea are going to keep up their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland.
This is despite the fact that Dortmund are unwilling to sell, with the Blues seemingly hoping that they can put in the kind of offer the German club would simply be unable to refuse.
Haaland has made a name for himself as one of the most exciting goalscorers in European and perhaps even world football across the last few years. His time with Dortmund has only helped to strengthen those claims but now, the overwhelming expectation is that he’ll shift on over to the Premier League or La Liga within the next few years.
Chelsea, who are the reigning European champions, want to prove that they can still lure in the big names – and you can bet Thomas Tuchel will be doing everything in his power to make this happen.
Through the sales of the star, it’s believe that Chelsea will have more than enough to bring Haaland home