By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes | Premier League expert with experience of breaking big stories, including exclusives like this

Matt Miazga has completed a £3.5million transfer to Chelsea, the club announced on Saturday afternoon.

The defender has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with the Premier League champions after finalising terms.

The Premier League champions have agreed a fee of £2million plus £1.5million of add-ons with New York Red Bulls for the US international.

He told the Chelsea website: “I am very happy to sign for Chelsea, a world-famous club with a reputation for major success. I am delighted to be in the Premier League, the best league in the world, and can’t wait to meet my team-mates and get going.

“I am still at the beginning of my career but I believe this is the place to develop and learn from some of the best players in the world.”

Football Insider revealed on Wednesday that Chelsea were in advanced talks to sign the centre-back after he was given permission to fly to the UK to finalise the deal.

The USA international, who had just a year remaining on his Red Bulls contract, has been closely monitored by a number of Premier League teams over the last six months. Chelsea freed up space in their squad by loaning Senegal international Papy Djilobodji to Werder Bremen for the rest of the season.

 

The defender joined the Red Bulls academy in 2009 and rose through the ranks to become a mainstay of the team under manager Jesse Marsch.

He made his debut for the US national team in November after representing his country at Under-20 and Under-23 level.

In other Chelsea transfer news, Alexandre completed a move to Stamford Bridge on Friday.