Leeds United and Liverpool are among the clubs interested in signing Lewis Bate from Chelsea in the summer transfer window, according to The Daily Mail.
What’s the story?
It is being reported by The Daily Mail this afternoon that Leeds, Liverpool, West Ham United and Southampton all want to sign the 18-year-old.
The left-footed midfielder is out of contract at Chelsea at the end of next season.
The teenager has yet to sign a new deal with the Blues.
That has opened the door for Leeds, Liverpool, West Ham and Southampton to make their moves.
It is being reported that Leeds, Liverpool, West Ham and Southampton ‘have all expressed an interest’ in the youngster, described as ‘a slight but combative midfield player with an eye for a defence-splitting forward pass’ on Chelsea’s official website.
One for the future
Bate signed for Chelsea as an Under-9 and has come through the academy at the London club.
The midfielder has played for the Blues in the UEFA Youth League, Academy competitions and FA Youth Cup, and has featured for the Development Squad in Premier League 2.
The youngster is one for the future, and Leeds have shown that they are willing to give chances to talented and promising young players.
It is not easy for any young player to break into the Chelsea first team.
A year playing for the Leeds youth team could help Bate get into the senior side.