By Danny Wright
Chelsea will sign highly-rated Rangers teenager Billy Gilmour, according to a report.
Goal reports that the 15-year-old will move to Stamford Bridge in a deal worth £500,000 in the summer.
The London club had been hotly tipped to sign the Gers wonderkid but had to deal with tough competition from Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City.
Gilmour will only be able to move to the Premier League giants on his 16th birthday on June 11.
He has recently trained with the Rangers first team after putting in a series of impressive displays for the club’s Under-20s side this season.
Formers Ibrox boss Mark Warburton urged Gilmour to stay in Glasgow to continue his development at the club.
However the Premier League leaders appear to have used their considerable clout to lure the teenager away from Scotland.
Chelsea have made habit of snapping up youngsters from other club’s academies over the years but there hasn’t been a true academy graduate step up to make a mark on the first team since John Terry.
Football Insider Verdict
Chelsea really isn’t the right place for a young, emerging talent to move to. Gilmour looks to have been star-struck by the interest from the one-time Champions League winners and even the wise words of Warburton appear to have been ignored. Chelsea use their academy as a way of making money and their best interests are not necessarily that of the players’. They snap up youngsters from teams without a lot of money, give them a couple of seasons then send them out on loan until they can cash in on them or release them on a free. We hope that doesn’t happen to Gilmour who is an exciting talent, but another year or two at Rangers would have done his long-term career far more good.
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