Chelsea are leading the race to sign Xavier Mbuyamba from Barcelona, the youngster’s agent Carlos Barros has revealed.
Chelsea are now one of the best teams investing in youth systems and perhaps giving opportunities to young players at first team level.
The recent breakthrough of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Reece James and Billy Gilmour has been a lesson for a host of young prospect around the world, and set sight on moving to Stamford Bridge if the opportunity arises.
With this already enticing several young players like for example Manchester United’s Angel Gomes and Jadon Sancho with a move to Stamford Bridge.
Mbuyamba has now joined a host of players to set their heart on joining Chelsea in summer due to Blues youth development in recent times.
And the Barcelona young defender has weighted to quit Camp Nou, and a host of suitors from Italy, Spain and Germany for Chelsea, revealed by Carlos Barros.
The Blues are known to have tracked the defender after his immediate arrival from Dutch side MVW Maastricht to Barcelona in August last year, where Chelsea managed to open talks with Mbuyamba’s representatives as confirmed by the player’s agent.
He has now developed uncertainty about his future at Barcelona- not on lack of playing time basis but on administrative changes knee happening at Barca next season, and is considering leaving the Nou Camp.
“The ambiguity is enormous,” Barros said. “A new presidential election is coming and it could be that many new people will join the board. Politically it is very restless and in a sporting sense there is a lot of division. “If you see that even Ansu Fati can be loaned out… How can you break through as a talent?”
Chelsea are bound to be the highly-rated defender’s next destination, beating the likes of Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Juventus, Dortmund and Bayern in the battle for Mbuyamba’s signature.
“Almost all major clubs in Europe have asked about Xavier,” Barros told Voetbal International via the Express.
“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.”
Despite Chelsea emerging as Mbuyamba, 18’s, next club, Barros revealed a return to the Netherlands, possibly AZ Alkmaar and FC Utrecht could also be on the cards for his client.
“Ajax are actually the only club in the Netherlands that can compete financially against those top clubs, but you don’t just play there immediately, a switch from Barca B to the Ajax reserves is not an option for Xavier.
“In that respect, AZ is a more logical choice, they are the most concrete in the Netherlands. FC Utrecht has a partnership with Barcelona and could also be an option. In that case it would be a loan move.”