Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina was very close to becoming a Chelsea Football Club player. Both clubs were in discussions about a potential transfer as recently as this past January. Fabrizio Romano broke the news earlier today.
The transfer question that both clubs discussed was in the range of 6-7 million euros (~$6.6-$7.7 million). Chelsea’s plan was to buy Slonina and loan him back to the Fire until June 2023.
The news should come as little surprise given the rumors of Slonina’s future that have swirled around the club during the past six months.
Many top clubs from around the world have shown interest in the 17-year-old Addison, Illinois native. The combination of talent and youth makes Slonina a hot commodity in the soccer world. Even soccer publication Goal recognized Slonina on its NXGN list of the 50 best young prospects in world soccer.
Romano reported that Chelsea was in contact with Gabriel Slonina’s agent directly before the UK government hit the club with massive sanctions. Those sanctions were a result of links between Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The sanctions prevent Chelsea from signing new players until the club finds a new owner. Abramovich has left the UK and is looking for a buyer.
A deal should be completed before the end of the Premier League season. Four finalists for the new owner have been named, one of which is a group led by Cubs owner Tom Ricketts.
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