Chelsea set to announce £3.5m signing of Red Bulls star ‘within 24 hours’

Chelsea look to have won the race for New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga, with the young USMNT star set to seal a move to the Blues by the weekend.

Miazga has been linked with a move to the Premier League for several months now, and Chelsea look to have beaten Leicester and Stoke to his services, according to ESPN FC.

The 20-year-old centre-back has left the USMNT training camp early in order to fly to London, where he is expected to undergo a medical and sign a contract by the end of Thursday.

The reigning Premier League champions will pay a transfer fee of around $5 million (£3.5 million) for the Red Bulls academy product, who will not require a work permit based on the fact that he holds a Polish passport.

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Miazga, who has been regarded as the best American prospect in MLS over the past year, only has 11 months left on his current Red Bulls contract, and so the club have been left with little choice but to sell their young star for profit, rather than losing him for free at the end of the 2016 season.

Miazga helped the Red Bulls to lift the MLS Supporters’ Shield in 2013 and then again last season. He will now hope to learn from one of the game’s best central defenders in John Terry if his proposed move to London goes through.

Chelsea have a tendency to loan out young prospects, who are not seen as ready for first team duty at Stamford Bridge, but that is not set to happen to Miazga, who will remain with the Blues until the end of the current campaign before his short-term future will then be decided in the summer.

Will Matt Miazga be a good signing for Chelsea? Is he ready for a big move to Europe?


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