CHELSEA, Wednesday (3/8) WIB, confirmed the deal for the transfer of Aston Villa midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka and announced the signing of young goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina from United States club (US) Chicago Fire.
Neither Chelsea nor Villa revealed in detail the price agreed upon by both parties for the transfer of Chukwuemeka, but British media reported the 18-year-old was priced at around £15-20 million.
With the agreement, Villa have allowed Chukwuemeka to travel to London and undergo personal contract negotiations and undergo medical tests in the process of finalizing the move.
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Last season, Chukwuemeka made 12 appearances for Villa in the Premier League and most recently captained the England Under-19 team, which won the 2022 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Slovakia.
The news of the Chukwuemeka purchase agreement is a breath of fresh air for Chelsea, which in this summer’s transfer market has often been cornered by several other clubs, such as losing to Barcelona for defender Jules Kunde.
As with Chukwuemeka’s transfer, Chelsea did not reveal the value of Slonina’s transfer, but British media reported that the 18-year-old goalkeeper was brought in for 8.1 million pounds.
Slonina is a young US goalkeeper, who is considered to be a promising talent, considering that he was the Fire’s youngest signing when he signed a professional contract at the age of 14 in 2019.
About two years later, Slonina became the youngest goalkeeper to play in MLS history when he made his debut for the Fire aged 17 years and 81 days in August 2021.
Slonina will still be loaned out by Chelsea to Fire for the remainder of the ongoing MLS season and will only move to Stamford Bridge in early 2023.
The signings of Chukwuemeka and Slonina follow Chelsea’s two previous signings in winger Raheem Sterling from Manchester City and centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli.
Last season, Chelsea finished third in the Premier League, finished runners-up in the FA Cup and League Cup, reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League after winning two trophies – the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup.
Chelsea will start the new season by traveling to Goodison Park to face Everton on Saturday (6/8). (Ant/OL-1)