By Russell Edge
Chelsea fans were left divided after the news that they had secured the signature of Rangers’ U16 midfielder Billy Gilmour.
Sky sources understand Rangers' Billy Gilmour has signed for Chelsea for a development fee in the region of £500k. pic.twitter.com/ADa4Yy5F6t
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) May 9, 2017
The midfielder has been touted as one of the brightest young talents in Scottish football, and Rangers themselves claimed that a number of Premier League sides had been pursuing his signature.
However, it was Antonio Conte’s Blues who secured the deal for the 15-year-old, who will make the move to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Rangers admitted they would have liked to have kept the player at Ibrox, but when it was clear he wanted to depart they did all they could to secure the best commercial value for the player.
Chelsea fans have had a mixed reception to the news on social media, with some tipping him to be the next big thing at the club, while others do not hold the same hopes of a bright future.
Here are a selection of the fans’ messages on Twitter:
From what I have seen in the Scottish media he is seen as one of the biggest talents they have had in years. High hopes for him.
— Lav (@LavCFC) May 9, 2017
How Chelsea manage to always beat a host of top European clubs for young talents still amazes me.
Welcome to Chelsea Bill Gilmour
— KanteNation (@sethaadusei) May 9, 2017
Welcome to @ChelseaFC Billy Gilmour!🏆💙💪🏽 Future again👽
— Tengku Fatthar💨 (@tengkufatthar) May 9, 2017
He will be out on loan by the end of the week, or once he has finished his exams
— A Green Field (@moscow_hotline) May 9, 2017
At present Chelsea have 37 players out on loan at clubs dotted around the UK and Europe.
They include household names such as Loic Remy, Juan Cuadrado and Marco Van Ginkel.
In other Chelsea transfer news, Newcastle have been tipped by bookies to secure the signing of this Blues star.