Guus Hiddink has confirmed New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga is set to complete a £3.5 million move to Chelsea pending a medical on Friday.
Miazga flew into London on Thursday as he nears a move from Major League Soccer, according to the Sun's Danny Collins.
Speaking to the media on Friday, Chelsea boss Hiddink stated Miazga was joining his squad, per Goal's Gill Clark: "[Miazga] is a promising player. We’re not rushing but he will be one of the squad members for the future. [He is a] young guy, stepping up to the national team. You can see what players are capable of in training."
The prospect's move to the Premier League has been smoothed by the fact his Polish heritage means he doesn't require a work permit, putting Chelsea within reach of completing their first January transfer of this window.
Miazga comes as a highly rated Major League Soccer figure who made 30 MLS appearances for the Red Bulls during the 2015 campaign. The Secret Footballer provided an inside view at the talent Chelsea look likely to have captured:
Here is a quote I got from a former teammate of new Chelsea signing Matt Miazga ... pic.twitter.com/yvAe8o0a67— Secret Footballer (@TSF) January 28, 2016
Sami Mokbel of MailOnline recently reported that United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann was happy Miazga was joining the Blues but only if he's handed sufficient chances in the first team.
However, MLS writer Richard Farley recently predicted the youngster could fall victim to the same fate as many Chelsea starlets before him, foreseeing a consistent string of loan spells before an eventual exit:
Miazga to Chelsea: 16-17, season on loan at Vitesse. 17-18 season on loan at Middlesbrough. 18-19 season on loan in Bundesliga. 19-20: sold.— Richard Farley (@richardfarley) January 27, 2016
Chelsea remain unbeaten under interim manager Guus Hiddink since he replaced Jose Mourinho in December, and the Blues defence in particular has improved, keeping three clean sheets in the team's last five league games.
By contrast, Chelsea kept just four clean sheets in their 16 Premier League outings under Mourinho this term.
Kurt Zouma, 21, and Gary Cahill, 30, already stand as the pair most likely to fill any void created should club captain John Terry leave the club at the end of his contract this summer, but Miazga would be another potential replacement.
It was also suggested a deal for Alexandre Pato, 26, was all but done this week after the Brazilian flew into London from Brazil, but Sky Sports has claimed Chelsea have yet to agree a loan fee with Corinthians (h/t James Cambridge of the Daily Express).
BBC Sport provided footage of the Brazil international arriving in England's capital on Thursday, and he took the opportunity to call Chelsea his "new home" and said he's looking forward to his six-month loan. He said:
I'm here to make a dream come true. Chelsea is my new home. I really want to play for them. I'm very happy...and very nervous. I want to meet my new team-mates so I can adapt as quickly as possible. Yes, it's been a while without playing, but that's nothing that my new colleagues can't help me with.
According to Cambridge, Pato is understood to have agreed a £30,000-a-week deal to temporarily move to Stamford Bridge, where he could link up with Diego Costa in attack.
Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo, who managed Pato for a single season at Milan in 2009-10, may have been premature in offering his former charge congratulations for the transfer:
It appears Corinthians hold the key to whether Pato will indeed complete his move to the west London giants after his sighting and comments suggested the loan move was all but done.
Pato scored 51 goals in 117 Serie A appearances for Milan between 2007 and 2012 before netting 13 times in 39 outings during the second half of a two-year loan spell at Sao Paulo in 2015.