According to multiple reports, the New York Red Bulls have agreed to sell 20-year-old defender Matt Miazga to powerhouse Premier League side Chelsea FC.
Former U.S. International — and current ESPN soccer analyst — Taylor Twellman was first to break the news on Tuesday night.
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) January 27, 2016
Twellman’s somewhat ambiguous tweet was followed by another ESPN report Wednesday morning — this time identifying struggling English giants Chelsea as Miazga’s landing spot. (hyperlink )
The news comes after days of transfer speculation surrounding Miazga in the European press. The Daily Mail reported Monday that scouts from Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City had all taken a liking to the young American star. The Mail also claims Miazga’s transfer fee will be just north of $5 Million.
While Chelsea are a massive club, the defending champions are currently enduring a nightmare campaign. Iconic manager Jose Mourinho was fired late last year, and The Blues sit 13th in the current Premier League standings.
A 6-4 central defender, Miazga could be leaned upon to sure up Chelsea’s porous defense. To date, only five other premier league clubs have conceded more goals than Chelsea (34 allowed in 23 games).
Miazga, who was named U.S. Soccer’s Young Male Player of the Year for 2015, made his senior international debut for the United States in a World Cup qualifier against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines last November.
In 2015 — his third MLS season — Miazga made 24 starts and anchored New York's defense en route to the Red Bulls second Supporters’ Shield title in the last three seasons.
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