Gabriel Slonina has conducted negotiations with Wolves and Southampton in the Premier League, but his agent Jaime Garcia tells MLS Soccer that the highly-rated goalkeeper has his heart set on a move to European giants Real Madrid.
Southampton appear to be barking up the wrong tree when it comes to Slonina.
However, with Mateusz Lis and Bartlomiej Dragowski allegedly close to completing deals to England’s South Coast, the Saints aren’t wasting any time in pursuing other possibilities.
In contrast, Wolverhampton Wanderers do not look to have all of their ducks in a row. Bruno Lage anticipated John Ruddy to stay at Molineux, but his authorities in the Black Country overruled him (Athletic).
And Wolves look to have been left in the lurch, with Jose Sa serving as Lage’s lone first-team goalkeeper.
Slonina, the 18-year-old wonderkid of the Chicago Fire, might have taken Ruddy’s place, but the teenager now looks to be under the spell of Real Madrid after conducting negotiations with both Wolves and Southampton.
“Having Real Madrid take attention in one of its players should be an accolade for Chicago and the MLS,” adds Garcia, Slonina’s agent. “We’re hopeful that Chicago and Real Madrid can come to an arrangement so that Gabriel may fulfill his goal of playing for this club.”
“With all due respect to other clubs and offers – we’ve had several and are grateful to them – you can’t say no to Real Madrid.” This has the potential to be a win-win situation for all parties involved.”
Slonina, who has been compared to a “young Gigi Buffon,” is expected to cost around £6 million. Andriy Lunin’s entrance to the Santiago Bernabeu will generate more concerns about his future.
West Ham United are allegedly interested in signing the potential shot-stopper.