Matt Miazga is set to complete his move from the Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States to Chelsea before the end of the ongoing January transfer window. The young defender is rated as one of the best prospects in America at the moment following some impressive performances for current employers New York Red Bulls.
According to the Daily Mail, the Blues have beaten competition from Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and City to land the highly-rated central defender, who is a US international. He is expected to cost around £3.5m ($5m) as he is in the final year of his contract with the MLS franchise, who are willing to sell him now rather than lose him on a free transfer in the summer.
The defender can go straight into the first-team as he will not require a work permit to play in England since he possesses a Polish passport. Miazga, however, is keen to join a club, who will give him an immediate chance to break into the first-team rather than send him out on loan. He recently made his debut for his national team, and Jurgen Klinsmann is keen for him to play regularly rather than make up numbers on the bench.
According to ESPN FC, the 20-year-old defender has already left the US national team camp and is currently on his way to London to complete a medical with his new club, with the report claiming that the move will be confirmed within the next 24 hours. Miazga has already indicated that he is keen to move to the English Premier League and is now set to realise his dream of playing in Europe with Chelsea.
"The English Premier League is a very intriguing proposition for me. There is a lot of passion involved; hopefully one day I will have the opportunity to play there," the New York Red Bulls defender said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.