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Rangers boy wonder Gilmour (15) set to join Chelsea in £1m switch

 

By Andy Newport

Rangers could earn more than £1million from the sale of 15-year-old Billy Gilmour to Chelsea. The Ibrox outfit have agreed to allow the playmaker to leave after he made it clear his heart was set on a move to London.

Gers had been desperate to cling on to the talented Scotland Under-17 international, but have now stepped aside after the Stamford Bridge club offered to pay an initial £500,000 to secure his signature.

Gilmour will sign his first professional terms when he moves in the summer, and his fee could yet rise to seven figures after Gers negotiated lucrative sell-on and appearance clauses into the deal.

Although he has not featured at first-team level, Gilmour has trained with Pedro Caixinha's squad this season.

A number of high-profile clubs had been chasing the teenager, including Arsenal, Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but it is Chelsea who have won the race.

Rangers said in a statement: "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."

Veteran defender Clint Hill has been told his time is up at Rangers.

Caixinha is holding a series of meetings with his players this week to spell out who is part of his plans for next season.

And the 38-year-old Hill is the first to learn he does not feature in the Ibrox manager's thoughts and will not be offered a new deal.

Hill signed a one-year deal last summer after putting plans to retire on hold and has made 31 appearances for the struggling Light Blues.

Former Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos will also depart after his failed Gers switch.

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