Chelsea closing in on signing Caleb Wiley, will send him to RC Strasbourg

Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing 19-year-old American defensive prospect Caleb Wiley from MLS club Atlanta United this summer.

According to reputed Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea are closing in on a deal to sign 19-year-old American left-back Caleb Wiley, and they will send him to their sister club RC Strasbourg so that he can continue his development with regular game time.

The USMNT defender currently plays in MLS for Atlanta United, and a move to Strasbourg will be quite exciting for him. It will be a huge step up in his career and he will look to prove himself in European football. If he manages to impress at the French club in the coming seasons, Chelsea could snap him up and bring him to the Premier League.

The 19-year-old has a contract with the MLS club until the end of 2025, and he is likely to be available for a reasonable price. It remains to be seen whether the Chelsea owners can get the deal done. Meanwhile, it will not be a surprise if Chelsea decide to sign a left-back this summer as well.

Chelsea could use a left-back as well

Marc Cucurella was quite underwhelming for Chelsea last season, and they cannot afford to head into the new campaign with Ben Chilwell as the only reliable left-back at the club. Chilwell has had his fair share of injury problems since joining the club. Meanwhile, Ian Maatsen has been sold to Aston Villa.

Chelsea had a disappointing 2023/24 season, and they will look to bounce back strongly. Signing the right players will help them compete at a high level, and it will be interesting to see if they can bring in the right additions before the window closes.

Meanwhile the 19-year-old American defender will look to prove himself in France if the move goes through. He will certainly fancy his chances of playing for Chelsea in the near future as well. It will be interesting to see if the Blues can agree on a reasonable fee for him. Given his contract situation, Atlanta United are unlikely to be able to demand a premium for him.

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