Barcelona player claims he was close to signing for Chelsea before the transfer ban

The transfer ban placed on Chelsea has been both a blessing and a curse to the Blues. While the Blues have been unable to sign new players to strengthen the team, young players from the club’s academy have come in and they are doing a terrific job so far.

Barcelona youngster Xavier Mbuyamba has now revealed that he almost signed up a three-year deal with Chelsea, but the club’s transfer ban made it impossible for the deal to happen before his move to Barcelona.

The 17-year-old Dutch youth international moved to the Camp Nou during the summer transfer window, and he has admitted that Chelsea were the club he was heading to.

The young centre-back played for MVV Maastricht and had several top clubs interested in him, including the likes of Celtic, Liverpool, FC Porto and Bayern Munich, and it is Chelsea that made the most concrete offer to Mbuyamba, offering him a three-year deal with to join the club.

“They wanted to offer me a three-year contract,” the Dutchman said as quoted by Voetbal Primeur.

“But the transfer ban prevented me from going there. There were also many other clubs that wanted me, including FC Barcelona.”

Mbuyamba has now admitted that he’s enjoying his time in Barcelona since joining the Spanish giants.

“I live on the La Masia training complex, with eighty other boys: soccer players, basketball players, handball players… It is going well, I have found my way, I train well and I play well,” the Dutch youth international added.

“I can play in Barça B for another three years after this season. But I hope to go to the first as soon as possible.”

Regarding the Chelsea transfer ban, the Court of Arbitration for Sport will hear the Blues’ appeal on November 20.

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