One of the fastest rising stars of MLS powerhouse New York Red Bulls is 20-year-old defender Matt Miazga. After a breakout season that culminated in the club’s second MLS Supporters’ Shield in three years, the young defender received a serious look from Chelsea.
According to FourFourTwo, Chelsea made a recent contract offer to Miazga – as did Stoke City and Leicester City – but the Red Bulls defender ultimately turned down Premier League transfer offers in order to continue developing in MLS.
While struggling in the defence with John Terry experiencing a major drop this season, Chelsea reportedly made numerous offers to Everton for superstar defender John Stones this past summer, but were turned down at every turn.
The 6’4″ Miazga notably blanketed New York City FC striker David Villa this past season and scored his first-ever goal in a 3-1 victory.
While Miazga does not have significant experience playing in Europe, he has played extensively at the international level for the Under-20 and Under-23 teams in the United States, and could represent a viable long-term successor for Terry, and a cheaper option than Stones.