Long-term target passes Medical, Chelsea set for new January signing
According to a report from the Express, US international defender Matt Miazga is set for a £3.5 million move to Chelsea after he passed a medical on Thursday.
20-year-old Miazga is expected to sign a four-year contract at Stamford Bridge later today as he left the US training camp in the middle of preparations for upcoming friendlies against Iceland and Canada.
Chelsea have long been scouting the New York Red Bulls young defender but it was still a surprise move for the Blues this week as they placed a bid for the son of Polish immigrants who is regarded one of the best prospects in the Major Soccer League.
With veteran centre-back Gary Cahill having hinted that he was not at all happy with not getting any game time under new boss Guus Hiddink, Chelsea in fact now have 4 central defenders, with skipper John Terry and Kurt Zouma right now the first choices of Hiddink.
First-team football assurance is believed to have been a major factor in the young defender’s decision to choose Chelsea despite other Premier League giants like Arsenal, Liverpool and both Manchester clubs reported interests. However, like most young promising talents on Chelsea’s disposal he may have to spend his time for further improvements elsewhere at some stage.
Some reports suggest Miazga will remain with Hiddink’s first team initially, but with little over 40 senior matches so far, a loan deal might become beneficial for both Chelsea and the youngster.
The 20-year-old centre-back has been enjoying an impressive form for New York Red Bulls, the current employers of former Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips. The local lad (he was actually born in half an hour from the Red Bulls’ home, in Clifton, New Jersey) finally came into limelight only last season, nearly two years after his first team debut, and a switch to English football has always been a dream for Miazga.
Described by New York Red Bulls manager as “one of the best defenders in the league this [last season] year” and often compared to Japp Stam by the pundits, Matt Miazga has perfectly used a combination of his athleticism [he is 6’4″] and technical ability to stand out across the back four, while clean sheets against the likes of Kaka, David Villa and Sebastian Giovinco [Major League Soccer’s top scorer in 2015] indicate he will have not much trouble to adjust with the Premier League’s style of play.
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