Leeds United youngster Elliot Kebbie set for Barcelona

Leeds have confirmed 16-year old winger Elliot Kebbie is set to leave the club, according to the Daily Mail.

The youngster has spent 8 years at the academy but has turned down the offer of a scholarship with the club in order to join the youth ranks of Barcelona.

Kebbie had a trial at Manchester United last year and it was believed the two clubs had agreed a £1 million compensation package. However, the Halifax-born winger looks set to snub United for the European Champions and has already reportedly moved to Catalonia with his mother.

Leeds will be due compensation for the player who becomes the latest product of the club’s academy to leave for a bigger club at a young age. Tottenham duo Danny Rose and Aaron Lennon left at a similar age whilst Chelsea paid a reported £5 million in compensation for Tom Taiwo and Michael Woods.

The move represents a change in policy for a club who normally criticise the poaching of players at such a young age. Barcelona lost both Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique to England at a similar age and will see Kebbie’s as an exciting prospect for the future.