Lewis Bate is close to joining Leeds United from Chelsea after rejecting a contract offer to remain at Stamford Bridge.
The 18-year-old is a highly-regarded member of the club’s academy but is set to move on as he seeks first-team opportunities, according to Goal.
Bate is apparently closing in on a move to Leeds United with a medical potentially scheduled for Wednesday.
He is reckoned as the most talented midfielder from his age group to emerge from the club’s academy set-up last season.
Liverpool, West Ham and Southampton are other clubs that were interested in the midfielder, but he has opted to join Marcelo Bielsa’s side as he goes in search of more regular first-team opportunities.
Liverpool look set to lose starlet Ethan Ennis to either Manchester United or Chelsea this summer.
The Reds were reportedly keen to keep the 16-year-old prodigy who rose through the ranks at their academy.
But the midfielder has rejected the Kop’s offer of a scholarship, the Daily Mail reports.
The Reds are now resigned to the fact they will lose the wonderkid, whose three goals for their Under-18 side in the FA Youth Cup last campaign helped them reach the final, although they lost to Aston Villa.
Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s side don’t plan to let Ennis leave on the cheap and will demand a development fee for the youngster, the Mail claim.
And if the Reds and his new club fail to agree terms, the matter will be resolved by a tribunal who will determine Ennis’ final value.
The Reds’ bitter rivals United are said to be favourites to clinch the English dynamo’s signature at this stage.
Chelsea are still in with a shout and Ennis even spent time at their Cobham training ground last week, which he shared on Instagram.