Gabriel Slonina has completed a £15m move to Chelsea (Picture: Getty)
New Chelsea signing Gabriel Slonina says he is ‘honoured’ to join the ‘best team in London’ after completing a £15m move to Stamford Bridge.
The Premier League club confirmed on Tuesday that American goalkeeper Slonina, 18, had finalised his summer switch from MLS side Chicago Fire.
Slonina will head back to Chicago on loan before joining up with Thomas Tuchel’s squad at the start of 2023, when he will hope to provide competition to Blues No. 1 Edouard Mendy.
The teenager has made 34 first-team appearances for Chicago Fire and has long been tipped as a future United States goalkeeper.
After signing a six-year deal with Chelsea, Slonina wrote on social media: ‘Honoured to join such a massive club with so much history. It’s a privilege to wear the badge of the best side in London.
‘Thank you to all the fans for the warm welcome. Can’t wait to get started!’
Honoured to join such a massive club with so much history. Itâ€™s a privilege to wear the badge of the best side in London.
Thank you to all the fans for the warm welcome. Canâ€™t wait to get started.ðŸ’™ @ChelseaFC pic.twitter.com/YmShsm1yYj
— GAGA (@GabrielSlonina) August 2, 2022
Slonina becomes Chelsea’s third summer signing following England forward Raheem Sterling and Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
Chelsea are set to make England U21 midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka their fourth summer signing after confirming they have reached an agreement to buy the highly-rated prospect from Aston Villa.
Blues owner Todd Boehly is also working on a deal for Brighton defender Marc Cucurella as Tuchel prepares for Chelsea’s Premier League opener against Everton on Saturday.
Chelsea finished third last season and will hope to make up ground on Manchester City and Liverpool, while maintaining their advantage over the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United.
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