RB Leipzig given green light to sign 18-year-old Chelsea centre-back

London club defender Ethan Ampadu has had his medical with Bundesliga giants RB Leipzig as he edges ever closer to finalising a loan transfer to the German side. The 18-year-old centre-back looks a bright prospect coming through at Stamford Bridge but has found first-team football hard to come by in recent times.

And despite the appointment of Frank Lampard as a coach looking like being a boost for several Blues starlets, it seems Ethan is still not quite seen as part of the first-team yet. Ampadu has now had his medical to move closer to joining the Red Bulls, which follows him being left out of Frank’s pre-season tour squad.

Some Chelsea fans may feel frustrated to see a talent like Wales international being overlooked, but it could also be hugely beneficial for him to go out on loan and gain a little more experience before playing more often in the Premier League and other big tournaments.

London club may well see a far better footballer come back from Bundesliga next campaign, with moves abroad certainly doing wonders for the development of other young British players in recent times. Sancho is the clear example after his great event at BVB, while Nelson and Smith Rowe have also done well in spells in Germany.

RB Leipzig had an impressive result in the Bundesliga as they finished the competition in a third position and secured the Champions League group stage place. Red Bulls already signed Christopher Nkunku from PSG, Hannes Wolf from Salzburg and Luan Candido from Palmeiras.