Chelsea’s eyes were reportedly fixed on trying to sign MLS prospect Gabriel Slonina earlier in the year.

Unfortunately, the government sanctions imposed on the Blues has put a halt to any kind of transfer business during the past month. As the club searches for new ownership, all kind of transfer activity has been banned until new owners buy the club.

According to well-respected journalist Fabrizio Romano on Twitter, Chelsea were previously in “advanced talks” to sign goalkeeper Slonina from MLS side Chicago Fire.

He explains Thomas Tuchel’s side were keen to sign the 17-year-old talent, then send him back on loan to Chicago Fire until 2023.

In addition, a fee of between £5million and £6million was mooted.

Slonina’s a rising talent that’s making a real name for himself in the United States.

Remarkably, the American teenager has already played 15 first-team games for Chicago Fire and is their number one goalkeeper.

Chelsea’s loanee Levi Colwill was recently included in GOAL’s NXGN top 50 prospects in the world of football. It’s a list that included 6ft 4in shot-stopper Slonina, too.

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Chelsea’s GK situation

Hopefully, a Blues takeover can take place soon enough and some focus can be back on transfer targets. It’s reportedly down to four potential investors in the race to buy the London club.

Chelsea are in very safe hands with current goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who’s turned out to be a genius signing.

His understudy Kepa Arrizabalaga has proven his worth numerous times this season. However, realistically, how much longer will he be content being a second-choice goalkeeper?

It’s a smart idea for the club to be on the search for another gloveman.

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