Chelsea have been received a boost in their pursuit of Barcelona talent Xavier Mbuyamba, who looks set to be available on a free transfer in the summer.
Mbuyamba only signed for Barcelona from MVV Maastricht last summer but his entourage is already searching for the best top club to continue his development.
But the Blues will have to beat off competition from Real Madrid in order to sign the central defender who has earned comparisons with Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.
Reports from Spain claim that there will be no room for Xavier in the Barcelona B squad next term.
Sport claim the centre-half will not be offered a new deal and will be allowed to depart for free this summer, despite having three years left on his deal.
Inter Milan, AZ Alkmaar and Juventus have all been credited with an interest, but according to Mbuyamba’s agent it’s Chelsea who are currently leading the race for Xavier’s signature thanks to a slick presentation they put together.
“Almost all major clubs in Europe have asked about Xavier,” Xavier’s agent Carlos Barros told VI.
“Chelsea have the best credentials. Of course, we discussed this extensively last year. They gave a fantastic presentation.
“There is a unique football atmosphere there. During lunch you are immediately with the first-team players and the club has outlined a very ambitious plan for Xavier.
“They really think that in one to two years, he can be a starter in the first team. Frank Lampard has of course already proven that he is not afraid to start young players.
“Being in the starting line-up at Chelsea at the age of twenty would of course be great.”