Deal On: Chelsea joined the race to sign Chicago Fire goalkeeper

Chelsea are reportedly on the verge of securing a deal for Chicago Fire stopper Gabriel Slonina.

Earlier this month, it was widely reported that Real Madrid were highly likely to lure the 18-year-old stopper to Santiago Bernabeu.

His agent Jaime Garcia even went as far as saying that the Bernabeu was his preferred destination, telling “It should be an honor for Chicago, and MLS, to have Real Madrid take notice in one of their players. We are hoping Chicago can find an agreement with Real Madrid to realize Gabriel’s dream of playing for this club.

“With respect to other clubs and other offers – we’ve received many and we are gracious to those clubs – but you cannot say no to Real Madrid.”

However, that no longer appears to be the case, as Fabrizio Romano reporting that Chelsea are now clear favourites to secure the services of 18-year-old keeper.

Real Madrid have allegedly failed to progress talks with Chicago Fire, seemingly gifting the Blues a window of opportunity to step in and get the deal done.

Unlike Los Blancos, the Premier League heavyweights are allegedly prepared to meet Slonina’s price tag, said to be €10m (£8.5m).

Should the Blues sign the prospect, it is currently unclear whether Slonina will spend the rest of the season with Chicago Fire or immediately make the switch to Stamford Bridge.

Chicago Fire and the starlets agents will likely point to his development being best spent in the United States for the time being, a result of 14 starts having been made this season.