Xavier Mbuyama: Chelsea are closing-in on 18-year-old Dutch defender

Xavier Mbuyama: Chelsea are closing-in on 18-year-old Dutch defender

- Xavier Mbuyamba is currently out of contract having left Barcelona at the end of June

- The 18-year-old is on the radar of Chelsea and the Blues are close to sealing a deal

- Mbuyamba has been referred to by many as the ‘next Virgil van Dijk’

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Xavier Mbuyamba could be playing at the Stamford Bridge from next season as reports have it that the 18-year-old is close to sealing a deal with Premier League outfit Chelsea.

It was gathered that the sensational player who trained with the Blues at times last season is now a free agent after leaving Catalan club Barcelona.

The Dutchman arrived at Camp Nou from MVV Maastricht last summer, but has left and will continue to train perfectly until he gets a new offer.

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With the expiration of his contract with the Blaugrana on June 30, the player has left the club and now Chelsea are looking to take advantage.

He featured in the UEFA Youth League last season and it was not enough to assure him that his future was in Barcelona.

Xavier Mbuyama: Chelsea are closing-in on 18-year-old Dutch defender

Xavier Mbuyama in action for Holland U-19. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Reports also have it that other top clubs in Europe including Juventus and Bayern Munich are eyeing the youngster.

The player’s agent Carlos Barros told Voetbal: "Chelsea gave a fantastic presentation. There is a unique football atmosphere there. You immediately sit with the first-team players during lunch and the club has outlined a very ambitious plan for Xavier."

Also, Sergio Reguilon will be having the difficulty to choose from where to ply his trade next season as Chelsea are the latest team to show interest in the defender, reports claim.

Carlo Ancelotti's Everton and La Liga side Sevilla have also been linked to the 23-year-old who had an impressive loan spell under Julen Lopetegui.

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Following Leighton Baines' retirement at Goodison Park at the end of the season, Everton believe the Spanish left-back will be a formidable replacement.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Mikel Arteta lifted his first title as a manager after guiding Arsenal to FA Cup glory at Wembley Stadium over the weekend.

The Spaniard took over from his compatriot Unai Emery last December and barely eight months after, he joined the league of coaches who have lifted titles in their career.

Before winning the trophy, the Gunners had endured an unimpressive season being eighth on the Premier League table, and their chances of playing in Europe - dashed.

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