Chelsea confirms signing Gabriel Slonina, Chicago Fire goalkeeper

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina for an undisclosed fee.

The Blues found themselves in competition with the likes of Real Madrid and Wolverhampton Wanderers for the teenager’s signature at the start of the year.

Such was the level of Real’s interest that representative Jaime Garcia suggested at one stage that Slonina was likely to make the switch to the Bernabeu.

However, the 18-year-old has instead opted to sign a six-year contract with Chelsea, the young stopper seemingly identified as the eventual successor to Edouard Mendy.

Slonina will spend the rest of 2022 on loan at his current club as he looks to continue the progress that he has made since the start of the year.

Chicago Fire have recently undergone somewhat of a resurgence to move into eighth position in the Eastern Conference standings.

Slonina has been a big part of their team this season, conceding just 28 goals during his 23 appearances in the MLS.

In total, Slonina has kept 13 clean sheets in that division, his progress having previously earned him a call-up to the United States national team.

Slonina is due to start life at Stamford Bridge in January 2023, although it is unclear whether he will immediately challenge for a place in the first-team squad.

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