Chelsea linked with move for the next Van Dijk

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According to reports, Chelsea are close to a deal to sign 18-year-old defender Xavier Mbuyamba, who has been dubbed ‘the next Virgil van Dijk ‘.

The 18-year-old Dutch youngster left Barcelona after only one year, citing a lack of game time at the Nou Camp for his exit.

Mbuyamba trained with Chelsea last year but Chelsea couldn’t push through for a deal due to the transfer ban.

Mbuyamba featured in just three Uefa Youth League games for Barca during his year spell after signing from MVV Maastricht, and now Chelsea are set snap him up.

The Daily Mail claim that Frank Lampard is a keen admirer of the youngster, but isn’t planning to use the 18-year-old in the Chelsea first team next season, as he plans to sign a more experienced defender, while Mbuyamba develops his talent.

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