Chelsea started negotiations with 18-year-old MLS goalkeeper

Real Madrid will face stiff competition from Chelsea in the battle to add Gabriel Slonina from Chicago Fire in the summer transfer window. Chelsea have submitted a lucrative offer to secure the services of the 18-year-old shot-stopper.

Slonina has captured the attention of scouts around in Europe since joining Chicago Fire as a 12-year-old in 2016. One of the brightest young goalkeepers in the USA, Gabriel has made significant progress in the past year following his first-team debut for the Major League Soccer club in summer 2021.

USA international became the youngest starting shot-stopper in MLS history at 17 years, 81 days and has looked solid for Chicago Fire this campaign, turning out 13 times while keeping five clean sheets.

The American goalkeeper’s progress has not gone unnoticed either, with several European bigwigs, including Real Madrid and Chelsea, setting their sights on him. The Blues’ links with Gabriel come in the wake of the rising uncertainties surrounding the future of Kepa.

The Spanish goalkeeper will look to embark on a new adventure this summer after falling behind Edouard Mendy in the pecking order for shot-stoppers at Stamford Bridge. And the American is a worthy long-term option to replace Kepa at Chelsea.

Chelsea have submitted a lucrative offer to sign Gabriel, but his agent’s recent comments should leave Real Madrid in a healthier position in the battle to add the shot-stopper. With the summer transfer window fast approaching, it will be interesting to see if the Blues can beat Real Madrid to Gabriel Slonina’s signature.