Goal.com reports Chelsea are in a strong position to sign 18-year-old Dutch defender Xavier Mbuyamba, who has been dubbed ‘the next Virgil van Dijk’.
The highly-rated Dutch teenager joined Barcelona from MVV Maastricht last summer but he has reportedly left the La Liga giants and will look to continue his development elsewhere.
However, the Blues are not the only team who have reportedly expressed interest in Mbuyamba.
‘Chelsea are thought to be in pole position, although sources have told Goal that five of England’s top clubs have all made offers to the youngster,’ states the report.
‘Barcelona agreed to allow Mbuyamba to leave for free this summer amid economic concerns at Camp Nou, with savings needing to be made on wages and future payments despite the centre-back being a highly-rated member of the La Masia system.
‘Mbuyamba went on trial at Chelsea and Barca, but decided to join the Catalan giants with a view to appearing for Barcelona’s B side and then eventually the first-team.
‘However, Barcelona B were unwilling to give him a starting role this season despite a positive campaign in the Under-19s, and that has accelerated his exit.
‘The Blues therefore stand a decent chance of landing him now he is available for free, with the English league of appeal to a teenager who thinks a Premier League club could help take his game to the next level.’