Chelsea have strengthened their defensive options by swooping for Matt Miazga — one of the hottest young stars in US football.

The 20-year-old centre back completed a £3.5million move from New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night.

Scouts from Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City had all been alerted to the 6ft 3in defender, who does not require a work permit as he holds a Polish passport.

He will cost a relatively cheap £3.5m as he has one year remaining on his contract having turned down new terms before Christmas.

City’s New York franchise have played against him as have former Premier League stars including Steven Gerrard and Didier Drogba. It is believed they have alerted clubs in England to his promise.

He also scored the winning goal in the New York derby, as well as marking Spanish legend David Villa tightly.

Sportsmail understands that US national boss Jurgen Klinsmann is happy to accept his transfer to the top flight, providing he is given the opportunity to play – rather than sit on the bench.

The club who will sign him have had to give assurances that he will have a chance of a first-team breakthrough. He will not be shipped out on loan.

Major League Soccer is expected to confirm the deal in the next 24 hours.

The 6ft 4in stopper was recently saluted as ‘the best defender in the league’.

He has made it clear recently of his desire to move to Europe and Premier League clubs are at the front of the queue.

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Miazga recently made his debut for the US senior team following a tug-of-war with Poland for his services. He played for both American and Polish junior teams.

He said recently: ‘The English Premier League is a very intriguing proposition for me. There is a lot of passion involved; hopefully one day I will have the opportunity to play there.’

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