August 14, 2022

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Gabriel Slonina is one step away from playing for Chelsea

Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina is reportedly set to join Chelsea in the near future.

Slonina will be the third player to be recruited by Chelsea in the 2022 summer transfer market. Previously, Chelsea had managed to get Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly.

According to Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano via his Instagram post @fabriziorom, Slonina and her agent will fly to London today to finalize the transfer deal.

“Slonina will also undergo medical tests and sign a long-term contract as a new Chelsea player,” Fabrizio Romano was quoted as saying in his Instagram post.

The news was immediately responded by Chicago Fire coach, Ezra Hendrickson. Launching from mlssoccer.com, he confirmed what Fabrizio Romano said that his mainstay goalkeeper was getting closer to joining Chelsea.

“Something is very close to happening and I think the kid deserves it,” said Hendrickson.

“I’m happy for the kid and it shows that we have some good talent, some good young talent here in this organisation.” he continued.

The two clubs have reportedly reached an agreement on a transfer price of £15 million and includes bonuses. If this transfer process is completed, Slonina will be one of the most expensive transfers of all time for an American player and a local product from Major League Soccer (MLS).

After signing a contract with Chelsea, the 18-year-old goalkeeper is rumored to be loaned back to the Chicago Fire until January 1. The plan is to finish half the season in MLS, then will return to join Chelsea at the beginning of the year.

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Launching from footballdatabase.eu, Slonina started her professional career by wearing the Chicago Fire uniform in 2021. Since joining, Slonina has appeared 33 times. In his second year, he made 23 appearances with a total of 28 goals conceded and 10 without conceding.

At the international level, Slonina was chosen as the goalkeeper for the United States U-15, U-16, and U-17 national teams. Two matches have been recorded in each of these age groups. While in the U-20 Slonina appeared as much as one match.

Slonina was called up to the United States senior team training center in December 2021 but did not appear in the game.