Report: Matt Miazga leaves USMNT camp, MLS for deal with Chelsea

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ESPN’s Jeffrey Carlisle is reporting that United States men’s national team center back Matt Miazga is set for Stamford Bridge.

The in-demand 20-year-old New York Red Bulls back has been rumored for a European move for some time, and Chelsea has reportedly won his signature.

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The report says Miazga has left USMNT camp for a medical at Stamford Bridge, where the youngster joins an aging center back corps that includes John Terry and Gary Cahill.

From ESPN:

On Tuesday, multiple sources told ESPN FC that Miazga was set to be sold to an undisclosed Premier League team. The Daily Mail reported that the transfer fee is approximately $5 million. Miazga also possesses a Polish passport, meaning he will not have to obtain a work permit.

Kurt Zouma is viewed as a long-term fixture at Chelsea, and Miazga could have the chance to make a dent.

That said, the Blues are also known for hoarding young talent and sending them abroad, so we could see Miazga on loan to another Premier League club or Championship side soon.

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This is both a victory and a loss for the Red Bulls, a Homegrown player from an academy which continues to churn out talent. But his move also raises questions as to who will partner with Damien Perrinelle in the heart of New York’s defense.

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