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Barcelona have reportedly told Xavier Mbuyamba he can leave after withdrawing their contract offer, according to Diario Sport.
Chelsea have been handed a huge boost in the race for the 18 year old after Barcelona told him he can leave when his contract expires.
Mbuyamba looks to be heading to Stamford Bridge after his agent claimed the defender was impressed by Chelsea’s proposal.
Mbuyamba’s agent Carlos Barros, told Voetbal International: “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 twenty would, of course, be great.”