Chelsea 'close' to landing Real target

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Chelsea are reportedly close to sealing their first 2022/23 signing after edging past Real Madrid in the race to sign the player.

The Blues have announced a handful of departures following the conclusion of the 2021/22 campaign, including Danny Drinkwater, Andreas Christensen, and Antonio Rudiger.

The Londoners have now switched their focus to getting in some new players under the club's new Todd Boehly-led ownership.

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While Chelsea have been linked with a number of outfield players, such as Jules Kounde and Ousmane Dembele, among others, it is now understood that they are close to signing a new goalkeeper.

According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Thomas Tuchel's side are in an advanced position to land the services of Chicago Fire star Gabriel Slonina in an £8.5 million (R166 million) deal. 

The 18-year-old is said to be highly rated in the United States and has also attracted the interest of Los Blancos, but the Spanish giants' initial bid for his services was rejected by the Major League Soccer club this past weekend, per the Metro.

Chelsea are now believed to be in pole position to sign the teenager, who became the youngest starting goalkeeper in MLS history when he made his debut in August 2021 when he was just 17.

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The 2020/21 UEFA Champions League winners are understood to be looking for a back-up shot-stopper as Kepa Arrizabalaga is expected to leave Stamford Bridge in order to revive his Spain national team career elsewhere.

It is reported that Edouard Mendy's spot as the English outfit's No. 1 is not under any threat, and that the Senegalese 'keeper will be handed a new deal soon as he is currently one of the Blues' lowest-paid players.

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