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Report: Chelsea Reach Verbal Agreement with Chicago Fire, Gabriel Slonina

The 18-year-old Chicagoland native has 11 clean sheets, including seven this season, in his young MLS career.

Gabriel Slonina GAGA Chicago Fire Chelsea FC
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Chelsea have reached a verbal agreement with the Chicago Fire and goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina for a $10 million loan agreement, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Chelsea outbid fellow Premier League clubs Southhampton and Wolverhampton, but their main competition was La Liga giant Real Madrid.

Slonina, who turned 18 in May, has seven clean sheets and a 59.7 save percentage in 19 matches this season. The Addison, Illinois native has 11 clean sheets in 30 career MLS matches.

Slonina made history last August when he became the youngest goalkeeper to start in MLS history at 17 years, 81 days. He also is the youngest MLS goalkeeper to record a clean sheet.

In early May, Chelsea agreed to terms with a new United States ownership group led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital. Later in the month, Gabriel Slonina declared his international future to the United States over Poland. He could’ve elected to play for Poland because his parents were born there.

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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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