Report: Chelsea agreement for signing is 'not true', talks are still ongoing and deal not yet done
Reports suggest Chelsea have not completed a deal for Gabriel Slonina, despite contrary reports saying an agreement had been reached.
According to The Athletic, Chicago Fire are yet to receive an official bid for the 18-year-old, despite the Blues holding a long-term interest in the player.
Chelsea’s interest appeared to have cooled in the goalkeeper following the restructure at board level, with the exit of Marina Granosvskaia reportedly putting the brakes on a deal.
This had put Real Madrid in pole position for the signing of the highly-rated youngster, however The Athletic claim the offer they tabled fell way low of the Fire’s valuation.
The report goes on to say that yesterday’s reports of a verbal agreement being made between the American side and the Blues were ‘not true’.
It does suggest the Premier League outfit do still expect to add Slonina to their ranks this summer, with talks still ongoing around a potential move. But no deal is done just yet.
Slonina agreement not true
It is expected that the 18-year-old would return to Chicago on loan for the foreseeable future, with Edouard Mendy nailing down the starting role under little pressure for now.
Completing the deal would further encourage fans that Todd Boehly is a more than competent owner for the club, with him looking at deals for the future as well as big-names to immediately improve the club.
The American has already proved vital in the negotiations for the signing of Raheem Sterling, who is joining up with the club today ahead of his move from Manchester City.
With Kepa Arrizabalaga frequently linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge, it may not be long before Slonina is competing with Mendy for the goalkeeper jersey in West London, with the Senegal international second-to-none in terms of players to learn from.