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Chelsea to Sign Chicago Fire Goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina For Up to $15 Million

The 18-year-old homegrown goalkeeper, who has posted 10 clean sheets this season, will join Chelsea on the first day of 2023.

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Chelsea has a verbal agreement to sign Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina, according to ESPN. The contract has a $10 million base fee with up to $5 million in add-ons.

According to soccer insider Fabrizio Romano, Slonina will fly Sunday to London to take a medical and complete the deal. Slonina will remain with the Fire this season and join the reigning world champions Jan. 1, 2023.

“I don’t really know the full details of it, but I know Gaga will be with us for the rest of the year,” Fire head coach Ezra Hendrickson said Saturday. “But you know, something is very close to happening and I think the kid deserves it.”

Gabriel Slonina made two saves in Chicago’s 0-0 draw with Atlanta United on Saturday for his 10th clean sheet this season. The 18-year-old from Addison, Illinois has 14 shutouts in 34 career league appearances since his debut on Aug. 4, 2021.

“He’s got a great future ahead of him,” Fire midfielder Chris Mueller said of Slonina. “He’s a great young player and his head is on his shoulders, you know, he does the right things. He has good habits; he takes care of his body for his age.

“He’s an example to a lot of the guys in the locker room, for sure, in the way that he is professional. So, I have no doubt that no matter what lies ahead of him, he’s going to handle it well.”

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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 Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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