Chelsea snap up 15year-old Rangers prodigy

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Premier League lead­ers Chelsea have beaten off the likes of Barcelona and Manch­ester United to sign 15-year-old play­maker Billy Gil­mour from Rangers, the Glas­gow gi­ants said on Tues­day.

Rangers wanted the Scot­land un­der-17 in­ter­na­tional to stay at Ibrox but could not com­pete with Gil­mour’s de­sire to move south and he will join Chelsea’s academy in the sum­mer for a re­ported fee of £500,000 (RM2.75 mil­lion).

Although yet to make a first­team ap­pear­ance for Rangers, Gil­mour is a highly re­garded prospect who at­tracted in­ter­est from lead­ing clubs in Bri­tain and Europe, with Arse­nal, United, Barcelona and Bay­ern Mu­nich all said to have been scout­ing the teenager.

“The club’s pref­er­ence would have been for Billy to stay at Rangers but when he made clear his de­sire to move to the Premier League it was im­por­tant that we max­imised the com­mer­cial value for him. We be­lieve we have done this,” the Scot­tish Pre­mier­ship side said. AFP

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