Negotiations between Exeter City and Chelsea over a fee for Ethan Ampadu are due to start soon.
However, the talented youngster – who has been capped at Wales under-17 and under-19 level as well as called up to the country’s senior squad – agreed to join Chelsea on Saturday 1 July, having turned down the scholarship forms at St James Park.
At this point there is no agreed transfer fee. However, being a product of Exeter City Academy and under the age of 24, the club is entitled to compensation and discussions between the two clubs are on-going.
Exeter City chairman Julian Tagg gave Exeter City supporters the following update:
We are delighted for Ethan and we wish him all the best for the future.
Chelsea have behaved impeccably throughout the lead up to this point and therefore we are hoping through these negotiations we will avoid the need for a tribunal. However, we – like any other club – will reserve our right to do that should we need to.
Exeter City have had previous experience of a transfer tribunal when James Dunne moved to Stevenage and Troy Archibald-Henville moved to Swindon Town. More information on those tribunal results can be found at http://www.exeweb.com/2012/09/20/transfer-tribunal-rules-on-dunne-and-troy/