Lewis Bate is on the verge of joining Leeds United from Chelsea, according to The Athletic.
Bate arrived in West Yorkshire this morning to undergo a medical and, baring any late snags, will soon be unveiled as a Leeds player, bring his time at Stamford Bridge to a close.
Discussions between Chelsea and Leeds are believed to have gathered pace at a relatively quick speed and a fee between the two clubs of around £1.5million has been agreed upon, report football.london.
Although Chelsea are poised to land an initial windfall of £1.5million from Bate’s exit, the value of the deal could rise depending on how well his career takes off at Elland Road.
As well as that, The Athletic report that Chelsea have inserted a sell-on clause within the deal, meaning if Bate is to be sold by Leeds in the future then the Blues would land a percentage of that sale price. However, no buy-back clause has been included.
Bate could complete a move to Leeds United this evening.
There are reports that Chelsea are preparing a “monster offer” to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
The Blues have tried in vain to persuade the Bundesliga side to accept a players-plus-cash deal for the £150m-rated hotshot.
According to the reports, Chelsea are ready deliver a £135million bid for the Norway international.
The Sun had earlier reported how that has forced the Champions League holders to revive their interest in Bayern Munich’s record-breaking Robert Lewandowski as they try to give boss Thomas Tuchel the prolific goalscorer he wants.
However, Haaland remains Chelsea’s No1 target and 90mins claims they are now readying a ‘monster offer’ for the Norwegian.
And those claims have been backed up by various other sources since.
One of those was former Premier League and Norway star Jan Aage Fjortoft, who told ESPN that a ‘fantasy bid’ of £135m is set to arrive on Dortmund’s desk.
He said: “Chelsea have him as their main target.
“They would like to test Dortmund with a fantasy offer, and a fantasy offer will be around €150m (£135m) – double what they can get for him next summer.”
But Dortmund are determined to hold onto the striker for at least another season.
They have already lost Jadon Sancho to Manchester United and they are loath to lose their talisman as well.