Report: Chelsea set to win race to sign New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga

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The 20-year-old US international has also reportedly been eyed by the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool.

New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga is set to join Chelsea, according to ESPN FC.

The 20-year-old centre-back has reportedly left the US national team’s January training camp in Los Angeles to travel to England and is expected to undergo a medical and complete his move within the next 24 hours.

The Daily Mail initially reported on Tuesday night that Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool were also chasing the one-time capped American, but the reigning Premier League champions now look to have won the race to his £3.5 million-rated signature.

Miazga originally joined the Red Bulls as a Homegrown Player in May 2013 but featured just eight times for the club over his first two seasons in MLS before seeing his reputation soar during a breakout 2015 campaign.

The New Jersey native, who holds a Polish passport by way of his parents, not only established himself as a regular starter for Jesse Marsch’s side but also proved instrumental in helping them win the Supporters’ Shield title, making 26 regular season appearances and scoring once.

His promising performances saw Jurgen Klinsmann hand him his senior international debut in the USA’s opening World Cup qualifier against Saint Vincent and Grenadines in November and speculation has since been rife that he could head overseas as soon as this winter.

Chelsea were previously named as potential suitors along with Leicester City and Stoke City back in November [h/t FourFourTwo], while Goal USA also claimed last month that the 6ft 3in stopper has been determined to secure a move to Europe since last summer.

He allegedly signed with an agency backed by well-known international player advisor Kia Joorabchian, who also helped orchestrate Alexandre Pato’s impending switch to Stamford Bridge, and is since reported to have turned down several offers on a new Red Bulls contract [h/t Yahoo Sports].

The 6ft 3in stopper’s current deal has less than 12 months to run and the club have been left with little choice but to cash in on his signature now rather than risk losing him for nothing after the 2016 season.

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