Chelsea have a verbal agreement to acquire the Chicago Fire and young USA international goalie Gabriel “Gaga” Slonina for a base fee of $10 million which could rise to $15 million with add-ons, a source has confirmed to ESPN.
Fabrizio Romano was the first to break the news of the deal, with The Athletic being the first to report the base fee.
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Slonina, 18, travels to London for a medical and, if successful, will sign the deal, which will see him finish the current MLS campaign on loan with the Fire and then head to Chelsea on January 1.
Slonina has long been considered one of the crown jewels of the Fire academy and took the starting goalkeeper spot with the first team last season at the age of 17. When Slonina made his professional debut on August 4, 2021, he became the youngest starting goaltender in league history at 17 years and 81 days.
Slonina has had a campaign of ups and downs in 2022, but after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Atlanta United he now has 34 career league appearances, with 14 shutouts.
The Addison, Illinois native has a Polish passport through his parents, but earlier this year declared his intention to represent the United States, for which he has played for several teams at the league level. youth.