Chelsea have signed Rangers' youngster Billy Gilmour in a deal that could reach £1 million. The club has agreed to let go of their 15-year-old player after the youngest made his intentions to move to London clear.
The Scottish club has been trying to keep the player, and even got the first team manager to sit down with the boy’s parents. However, they have given up after the Premier League leaders offered £500,000 upfront for the player. Gilmour will sign his first professional contract when he makes the move, the deal could also work it’s way up to seven figures if he makes the required appearances.
“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 agreement will provide Rangers with a significant sum for a young player who has yet to play first-team football, and further significant amounts could be due based on milestones being reached. We are pleased with this outcome and believe this deal represents good value for Rangers.
“That he was sought after by many Premiership clubs, and indeed a number of the largest clubs in Europe, further demonstrates the quality of player now being produced by the Academy. Everyone at Rangers wishes Billy well for his future.”
The player joined the academy as a youngster and quickly progressed through the ranks, making his debut for the U20’s in December. The youngster made the first team squad this season, but never managed to get onto the pitch.
Gilmour's career is on an steep upwards trajectory, so it would definitely be tough Rangers news to see him go. The deal is likely to be polished out following the end of the season.