Sources: Rising star Lewis quits Chelsea to agree four-year deal with Euro champions
Chelsea starlet Marcel Lewis is quitting the club to join Belgian outfit Union Saint Gilloise on a free transfer, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The 19-year-old attacking midfielder has been targeted by teams in England and on the Continent ahead of his Blues contract expiring next month.
A Belgian source has told Football Insider this has opened the door for Union to make a move and they are set to finalise the signing of Lewis following extensive talks.
The teenager has agreed the terms of a four-year contract running through to 2025.
It will see him head out of Stamford Bridge and end his association with the club that began when he joined from Cambridge United as an Under-14.
Lewis has been tracked by Huddersfield Town and Derby County from the English Championship as well as Bundesliga outfit Freiburg.
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Union, who won this season’s Belgium championship, have been owned by Brighton chairman Tony Bloom since 2018.
The plan is for Lewis to slot straight into their first-team squad ahead of next season.
The rising star heads out of Chelsea without representing their senior side.
But he has made a big impression in Premier League 2 at Under-23 level and is also an England Under-20 international.
The number 10 or wide attacker has made 17 appearances this season in Premier League 2 and EFL Trophy, weighing in with five goals and seven assists.
The Cambridge-born youngster played a key role in the Chelsea Under-18 side that reached last season’s FA Youth Cup final.
Lewis scored a hat-trick against Wolves in the fifth-round and found the net and provided an assist in their 3-2 defeat to Manchester City in the final.