Chelsea confirm signing of Gabriel Slonina from Chicago Fire

Chelsea have confirmed the permanent signing of talented American goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina from MLS team Chicago Fire.

The 18-year-old has put pen to paper on a six-year deal and will spend the remainder of the year on loan at Fire.

90min reported a few days ago that the two clubs agreed a fee for the goalkeeper, who had previously been of interest to the likes of Real Madrid in recent months. The fee is believed to be worth around $15m – a record transfer for an American goalkeeper.

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Slonina joins Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Carney Chukwuemeka as the Blues signings so far this summer.

Chukwuemeka’s move to Stamford Bridge was, rather surprisingly, confirmed earlier on Tuesday that the player has travelled to London to undergo a medical at the club.

As well as these signings, Chelsea also are edging closer to signing Marc Cucurella, having agreed to meet Brighton’s £50m valuation of the wing-back.