Leeds United have finalized the acquisition of Chelsea’s Lewis Bate, marking him the club’s sixth summer signing. After traveling to Leeds yesterday to finalize his move and undertake a medical, England youth international midfielder Bate has signed a three-year contract.
On Thursday morning, at 10 a.m., he received official confirmation of his arrival. With a shot of the youngster holding a Leeds shirt, the club tweeted: ‘#LUFC are thrilled to announce the acquisition of Lewis Bate from Chelsea.’
The 18-year-old will cost Leeds £1.5 million plus add-ons. Chelsea also have a sell-on clause in the contract, but no buy-back clause. As talks went fast, Leeds emerged as the frontrunners, ahead of Liverpool, West Ham, and Southampton, who had also spoken to Chelsea about a trade.
Bate, who has been with Chelsea since he was eight years old, had one year left on his contract but declined to extend it owing to concerns about his road to first-team play.
Source: Daily Mail