Wolverhampton Wanderers are battling for the signature of highly-rated teenage goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
Wolves are amongst several Premier League clubs interested in the 17-year-old according to reports, via Inside Futbol. He is currently playing in the MLS at Chicago Fire and is rated at £2.7m by Transfermarkt.
Wanderers are battling with both Southampton and Chelsea for his signature but with sanctions against the latter, it is slowly becoming a two-horse race.
The American youngster made his MLS debut in August last year where he became the youngest goalkeeper to start and keep a clean sheet in the division.
Slonina is thought of so highly that he’s been compared to goalkeeping greats Gianluigi Buffon and Manuel Neuer. If he’s to reach those levels then he’ll have to work hard, but he’s already attracting interest from Europe at his age so it’s a good sign.
Signing his first professional deal at 14-years of age he has since excelled to become the number one at his club.
Speaking of his qualities, manager Ezra Hendrickson commented: “He’s a young player, but this kid has talent.”
His overall record for the Fire is impressive with 17 appearances and four clean sheets to his name. He plays at U20 level for his country and has even been called up to the senior national team but still hasn’t made an appearance.
Reports state that any deal done could rise to £10m which would make it the highest sale for a goalkeeper in MLS history.
Slonina’s clean sheet and save percentage so far this season is in the top 4% in his league. It’s unlikely he would compete with Wolves’ number one José Sá just yet but he is one for the future and could potentially compete for the reserve spot currently held by John Ruddy.
It’s bold to compare him to legends who are as good as Buffon and Neuer, but 17 is extremely young for a goalkeeper so this is one we will certainly be keeping an eye on for years to come.