By Harry Sykes
Rangers sensation Billy Gilmour is set to sign for Chelsea by the time he turns 16 on June 11, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim the coveted teenager has decided to make a landmark move to the Premier League giants after rejecting the Ibrox club’s pleas for him to start his professional career in Scotland.
It is said that Rangers offered the 15-year-old a lucrative package to stay but he has snubbed it to take the deal on the table from Chelsea.
The Scottish Sun report that the Premier League leaders will pay £500,000 for Gilmour and immediately look to integrate him into their Under-18s side.
Manager Pedro Caixinha tried to persuade Gilmour that his development would be best served by staying at Ibrox, where he could be integrated far quicker into their first-team set-up.
But it appears that the Scottish giants have now accepted defeat in what is a major blow.
Football Insider verdict:
Money talks. And Chelsea are in the position where they can shout louder than virtually any other club in world football. Rangers cannot compete with the riches on offer at the Bridge and it appears Gilmour and his family have been seduced by the glamour and wealth of the Premier League. The chances of the 15-year-old making it as a Chelsea player are virtually zero, but they still have a fine track record of developing youth, many of whom go on to have excellent careers elsewhere.
In other Rangers transfer news, Caixinha has made an emphatic transfer decisions on four players ahead of the summer window.