Chelsea see transfer of highly-rated goalkeeper collapse after UK Government sanctions

Gabriel Slonina Chicago Fire November 2021

Chelsea had made moves to sign Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina before they were hammered by sanctions from the UK Government, claims a report.

The Blues have been forced to operate under a strict Government licence after sanctions were placed on owner Roman Abramovich. The Russian had put Chelsea up for sale on March 2, amid Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine.

Part of the licence is that Abramovich unable to profit from Chelsea’s sale. The club are also unable to make new signings or sign players to new contracts.

Chelsea are seeking a quick sale and the process should be complete by the end of April. But just how long they will be unable to sign players for is unclear.

According to Fabrizio Romano Blues official were working behind the scenes in January and February to sign 17-year-old Chicago Fire goalkeeper Slonina [born in 2004].

Slonina, from Illinois, has made 15 MLS appearances for Chicago and has been capped for the USA Under-20s.

He is very highly rated and and Chelsea had been alerted to his progress. Talks between the player’s agent and MLS and Chicago had taken place.

Chelsea sale

As per the source, Chelsea had prepared to pay a €6m or €7m fee, then loan him back to Chicago until 2023.


The pan was to send him back to the US until June or December next year to continue his progress.

However, the sanctions have now meant the deal has broken down.

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Chelsea are unable to move any prospective transfer forward. They could look to reignite their interest once a new owner is in place.

That process is well under way with New York merchant bank the Raine Group narrowing down the shortlist to four bidders.

Boston Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca, 67, has made the shortlist to buy Chelsea, the PA news agency has reported

Chicago Cubs owners the Ricketts family, former Liverpool chairman Sir Martin Broughton and LA Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly are the other bidders still in the race.

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