According to a report from The Athletic’s Simon Johnson, Chelsea youngster Lewis Bate is set to join Leeds United on a permanent transfer, after the two clubs agreed a transfer fee of an unknown amount. The agreement does include a sell-on clause, but does not include a buyback clause. All that’s left to sort out are personal terms and a medical, both of which should be just a formality.
Several Premier League clubs showed interest in the highly promising 18-year-old midfielder, but Leeds have beat them all to the punch — barring any last minute gazumping. The one last minute thing that won’t be happening is Bate agreeing to a Chelsea contract extension. The club have made him a solid offer, but he apparently feels that his pathway to first-team football will be clearer elsewhere, and he’s probably not wrong.
Bate is the third high profile Academy youngster to leave this summer, and he may not be the last. Myles Peart-Harris is said to be closing in on a move to Brentford, while Valentino Livramento may be doing the same with Brigthon & Hove Albion.