Granovskaia's exit 'slowing down' Chelsea signing, other clubs now waiting to pounce - Romano

Chelsea have reportedly seen their progress halted in the quest to sign 18-year-old Gabriel Slonina.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the changing of personnel in the boardroom has slowed things down in the transfer department, though Chelsea remain favourites to get the deal completed.

The Blues may have believed they had missed out on the deal to acquire the American, with it being claimed Real Madrid had leapfrogged the Blues in the race for the highly-touted goalkeeper.

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The club’s inability to function as a business earlier this year looked set to see them miss out on the deal, with Chicago Fire expected to do business with the newly crowned Champions of Europe.

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Seemingly out of nowhere however, after Todd Boehly’s confirmed takeover the club emerged as favourites again a week ago.

Despite this, more changes at the top have reportedly slowed down negotiations across the pond. Bruce Buck and later Marina Granovskaia announced their departures from high-profile roles at the club

Granovskaia in particular played a big part in the club’s transfer activity, with Romano claiming her exit in particular has had an effect on the deal.

He said: “Board changes with Marina Granovskaia set to leave are slowing down the deal – but Chelsea are on it as they want Slonina, waiting for official bid to be submitted.”

He also stated the scenario could see other clubs look to capitalise, potentially hijacking the deal for the highly-rated teenager.

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While Edouard Mendy is the standout number one at the club, the signing of Slonina would certainly be one for the future.

Being just 18, the Blues would be able to send him on multiple loan spells, allowing him to develop his skills in a similar way to Thibaut Courtois at Atletico Madrid.

Overall, the deal would be a great bit of business when looking ahead to the future.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.