Chelsea close to signing the next Virgil Van Dijk
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Chelsea are reportedly keen to bring Xavier Mbuyamba to Stamford Bridge.

The 18-year old is touted as the next Virgil Van Dijk left Nou Camp after spending a year with the Spanish giants and will continue his development elsewhere. 

The Dutchman made only three appearances in the UEFA Youth League this season before leaving Barcelona on June 30.

According to reports, Lampard is on the lookout for a centre-back and sees Mbuyamba as a future-star at Chelsea.

Chelsea close to signing the next Virgil Van Dijk

The starlet’s representative, Carlos Barros, told Voetbal International earlier this year: ‘Almost all major clubs in Europe have asked about Xavier.

‘Real Madrid are also there, they are serious about their youth system, but that would of course be a sensitive switch.

‘Juventus and Inter are interested, as are top clubs from Germany and England. Chelsea have the best papers. Of course we discussed this extensively last year.

‘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.

‘They really think that in one to two years, he can be in the first team. Frank Lampard has of course already proven that he is not afraid to play with young players. Being in the starting line-up at Chelsea at the age of 20 would, of course, be great.’ 

 

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