ESPNFC is reporting that Chelsea are set to complete the signing of United States international, Matt Miazga, from MLS club the New York Red Bulls within the next 24 hours.
Miazga's contract with MLS is set to expire after the upcoming 2016 season, so the single-entity league are likely ready to cash out on the promising young player before that happens. The transfer fee is reportedly for $5 Million, which could end up being a complete steal for Chelsea.
The 20-year-old is massive physical presence, standing 6 foot, 4 inches tall. His size doesn't mean he's an immobile traffic cone either. He's very nimble on his feet for such a big player. His technique could be described as adequate with room for improvement. The most exciting tool in the American's arsenal is his distribution out of the back. For a strong center back, it's rare to see such precise passing from a deep position like Miazga possesses. The biggest area that the youngster needs to work on is his defensive awareness.
Jurgen Klinsmann granted Miazga his U.S. national team debut in a World Cup qualifier in November, cap-tying him to the United States. He is a dual-citizen with a passport for Poland, which means he won't have to apply for a work permit to join Chelsea.
It's obvious that this move is aimed for long term success with a loan almost a certainty. With John Terry's future at the club a question mark it won't hurt to have a promising young talent waiting in the wings ready to contribute. In the meantime, Miazga will make a great addition to the Chelsea Loan Army.