Chelsea Transfer News: Matt Miazga Deal Expected, Latest Rumours

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2016

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 22: Matt Miazga #20 of the New York Red Bulls controls the ball during the match against the Columbus Crew SC on November 22, 2015 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Chelsea are on the verge of signing New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga, according to reports. 

Jeff Carlisle of ESPN FC said the Blues will shortly complete the capture of Miazga from the Red Bulls after tracking the player since November.

The player has less than a year on his current MLS contract and is said to want to test himself abroad, per Carlisle. 

Leicester City and Stoke City had also been reportedly interested in Miazga, but it appears the youngster has opted to join the Premier League champions.

Here is a highlight reel of the 20-year-old in action:

Miazga made his senior international debut for the United States last November and is one of his nation's most promising defensive talents.

Carlisle claimed sources have informed ESPN FC a deal will be completed between Chelsea and the Red Bulls by Thursday. 

However, the MailOnline's Sami Mokbel said the transfer will be formal by the end of the week, with a £3.5 million price tag attached to the prodigy. The defender does not need a work permit to complete the move as he holds a Polish passport.

Oct 1, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; USA defender Matthew Miazga (3) deflects the shot of Canada forward Michael Perasso (13) during the second half at Sporting Park. The USA defeated Canada 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
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Mokbel added that U.S. men's national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann has given his blessing to the player moving to England, as long as he is given sufficient chance to shine in the first team at Stamford Bridge.

Miazga made his breakthrough in MLS in 2013 as a teenager, slowly establishing himself the following season. Miazga made 30 appearances in the league last term, according to WhoScored.com, proving himself as a major talent. 

Guardian US writer Richard Whittall believes the defender might be immediately loaned out:

However, ESPN FC's Austin Lindberg said the Daily Mail reports Miazga will be staying at the Bridge until the summer:

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 22:  Kei Kamara #23 of the Columbus Crew SC heads the ball past Matt Miazga #20 of the New York Red Bulls during the first half on November 22, 2015 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Chelsea do not have the best record of promoting young talent to the starting XI, but Miazga will be viewed as a long-term development option.

The player is certainly not a quick fix to the Blues' recent defensive woes, but he could develop under the guidance of John Terry while the former England captain is at the club.

Miazga is unknown to most English football fans who do not follow MLS, but the defender has untapped potential and could turn out to be a steal for the champions.