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    Chelsea to lose another academy prospect as Leeds United pounce

    Bate to follow Guehi out of the door

    It has been a disappointing week for Chelsea fans when it comes to academy graduates.

    The likes of Calum Hudson Odoi, Reece James and Mason Mount have all made their way from the Cobham academy into Chelsea’s first team, with the latter two playing starring roles in Chelsea’s Champions League final win over Manchester City in May.

    However, for those hoping that the trend would continue, there has been little hope. Highly-rated prospect Marc Guehi was sold to Crystal Palace last week, and Billy Gilmour has been sent on loan to Premier League new boys Norwich City.

    And now to add insult to injury, it appears as though Lewis Bate, a highly thought of central midfielder, is set to join Leeds United on a permenant deal. The Athletic’s Simon Johnson reports:

    “Lewis Bate is closing in on a move from CFC to LUFC. Fee has been agreed with a sell on clause, no buy back. Personal terms being discussed in view of a medical tomorrow.”

    Lewis Bate is closing in on a move from #CFC to #LUFC. Fee has been agreed with a sell on clause, no buy back. Personal terms being discussed in view of a medical tomorrow. Still possibility of another club hijacking it late but obviously time is running out for that to happen.

    — Simon Johnson (@SJohnsonSport) July 20, 2021

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    Bate may not be the last one out of the door at Chelsea’s academy either, with Valentino Livramento, an incredibly highly-rated wing-back, and Myles Peart-Harris also attracting interest.

    Livramento is thought to be attracting interest from Brighton, who snapped up Tariq Lamptey from the Blues in a similar deal eighteen months ago.

    Meanwhile, Peart-Harris seems set to join Brentford FC and is even reported to have “said his goodbyes” to Chelsea’s youth squad.

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