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Chelsea’s Chilwell alternative is the new Van Dijk

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Chelsea refuses to be held to ransom by Leicester City for the transfer of Ben Chilwell, this has apparently led them to Barcelona cast-off Xavier Mbuyamba.

Chelsea has started considering other options after Leicester placed a world record transfer fee on Ben Chilwell. Apparently top of the list of options is Xavier Mbuyamba formerly of Barcelona and now without a club.

Xavier Mbuyamba has departed Barcelona. The young Dutch center-back has walked away from La Masia and Camp Nou.

18-year-old Mbuyamba had been dubbed the new Virgil van Dijk. However, after seeing his playing time at Barca reduced to next to nothing he has sought a new challenge.

In one year with the Catalonians U19 team, he made just three appearances, all in the UEFA Youth League.

However, if reports from the Daily Mail are true, Chelsea is very close to convincing him of joining up with the youthful project that Frank Lampard is spearheading. 

Convincing the player that this could be the best way to fulfill his potential and live up to the hype and comparisons to compatriot Van Dijk.

According to the player’s agent, there are several offers to consider.

Carlos Barros said:

 “Almost all major clubs in Europe have asked about Xavier.”

“Real Madrid is 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 has 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.”

Why not check out his highlight reel and see what all the fuss is about?