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.
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.