Chelsea announce £12m Gabriel Slonina signing hours after agreeing Carney Chukwuemeka transfer


Helsea have continued a busy Tuesday on the transfer front by confirming the signing of Gabriel Slonina.

The teenage goalkeeper has signed a six-year contract at Stamford Bridge until 2028 after joining Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit Chicago Fire for a fee of around £12 million, with Fire also to pay a percentage of any future transfer fee. Pay.

‘Gaga’ Slonina (18) will return to Windy City on loan for the remainder of the 2022 MLS season, before officially arriving at Chelsea early next year.

Chelsea had attempted to sign Slonina during the previous ownership regime, with the transfer in limbo following the takeover by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital.

However, the long-term deal is now finally done, with Slonina technically becoming the third signing of a frustrating summer spell for the club, after Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly.

Slonina had been with the Chicago Fire since age 10, becoming the second-youngest player in MLS history at age 14. flight. He has played 34 matches in the first team so far.

As a youth player from the US, he received his first senior USMNT call-up last year and rejected Poland’s interest, though he has yet to make his full international debut.

Earlier on Tuesday, Chelsea caused a big surprise by confirming a deal with Aston Villa for the £20m transfer of teenage midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka, who will travel to West London to negotiate personal terms on his own six-year contract. and undergo a medical examination.

Chelsea are also interested in Southampton right-back Kyle Walker-Peters after talks with Brighton over Marc Cucurella, with Leicester’s Wesley Fofana and Inter Milan’s Denzel Dumfries also firmly on manager Thomas Tuchel’s transfer radar.

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