Exclusive: Chelsea starlet heading to Leeds United next week
Chelsea starlet Ashley Akpan is heading to Leeds United next week after being told he can find a new club, Football Insider can reveal.
The 15-year-old defender, who turns 16 next month, is a target for multiple clubs as his time at the Premier League giants comes to an end.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Akpan will head to Thorp Arch next week to undergo a trial as the club look to steal a march on rivals in the race for his signature.
United coaches will run the rule over the teenager at close quarters during an extended period that may include age-group matches.
This comes after Football Insider revealed earlier this week that Akpan has been informed he will not be offered a scholarship deal at Stamford Bridge.
Akpan has come through the youth ranks at Chelsea and had appeared well placed to progress from schoolboy terms.
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But he is now set to continue his career elsewhere and, although he remains on the books of the Londoners, he will leave immediately he secures a new club.
Chelsea have granted Akpan permission to trial for clubs as he looks to secure a scholarship or professional deal elsewhere.
He is predominantly a defender but can also play in midfield and his versatility makes an attractive proposition to a number of clubs.
Akpan has represented Poland at Under-15 level but is also eligible to play for Nigeria and England.
In other Leeds United news, agent whispers suggest a huge Elland Road signing is on the cards at the end of this month.