Chelsea leading race to sign 18-year-old promising defender

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It’s understandable that plenty of clubs would be looking to sign a talented Blaugrana teenager if they were made available, even more so if they’ve only become a free agent.

A report has looked at the future of former Barcelona defender Xavier Mbuyamba, who’s left Barcelona despite impressing for their youth clubs.

It sounds like he left because the club couldn’t guarantee him a realistic chance of first-team football anytime soon, but that might not be a knock on his talent.

Barcelona have increasingly looked towards veterans rather than promoting youth footballers in recent years, and it’s an approach that could come back to bite them soon.

As for Mbuyamba, the report suggests that the top five Premier League teams have made an attempt to bring him in, but it’s Blues who are said to be in pole position at this point.

It’s an interesting situation because Chelsea manager has shown he will give chances to the younger players, but it looks like Blues will be going back to their old approach of making big signings.

Blues defence is a weakness so he might fancy his chances of breaking into the side, but it would be a surprise if he went straight into the first team.