“Dutch Van Dijk” on trial at Chelsea – but Liverpool want to swoop

Chelsea are always looking to hoover up the best young talents in Europe for their all conquering youth teams, and it looks like this summer will be no different.

Rumours in in The Daily Mirror, here, say that we want to sign Xavier Mbuyamba – who they say is “touted as the next Virgil Van Dijk” without actually saying why.

They say that he is on trial with us right now, but that Liverpool are hot on his tail too. Their logic is that the Dutchman might want to join his compatriot at Anfield, but our youth team is much more successful than their.

What it is likely to come down to is whether he sees a pathway to the first team here or there. Right now there’s certainly room for a top tier talent young central defender in the squad, with Andreas Christensen’s future uncertain and David Luiz well into his 30s.

But if he came here, a couple of years winning titles in the youth team would begin his spell, and that might just persuade him to move.