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Wolves transfer news: Wanderers set to sign Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina

Wolves are reportedly set to sign Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina.

According to journalist Alan Nixon, the club are closing in on a £10 million deal to land the talented 18-year-old stopper.

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Nixon suggests Wolves have seen off competition from Southampton.

Slonina has represented the US at youth level, but was recently called into the national squad of Poland, which is the birth country of his parents.

But Slonina took to social media to declare his allegiance to the US, whom he will hope to gain a first senior cap soon.

Slonina has been with Chicago Fire since the age of 12, and signed his first professional deal with the club at the age of 14.

It remains to be seen if Wolves will actually sign Slonina – it is certainly a very big fee being claimed for one so young.

One wonders if this perhaps suggests that John Ruddy will be leaving the club.

The veteran’s contract expires at the end of the season, and it’s possible he could depart.

Wolves are said to want to keep Ruddy, but the player did recently talk about the want to play more and still having a lot to offer.

Matija Sarkic has also been linked with an exit from Wolves. Birmingham City are said to want to sign him again, but this time on a permanent deal.

The Montenegro international spent half the 2021/22 season with the Blues, picking up a season-ending shoulder injury in January.

£10 million would be a lot to pay from Wolves for little known Gabriel Slonina

This is quite the claim.

Slonina is still only 18 years old, and has never ventured outside of the US.

£10 million would be a lot of money to spend on a little known entity, and would actually make him more expensive than the current number one at Molineux, Jose Sa.

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He is clearly a big talent, having made his debut for Chicago aged just 17 years and 81 days.

Big things would be expected of him if Fosun were to sanction such a deal.