Chelsea Football Club have found a new goalkeeper — and it’s time for the New England Revolution to dip back into the market ahead of a crucial stretch of games.
Reports Monday indicated that Chelsea and New England reached an agreement on a Djordje Petrovic transfer. One of Major League Soccer‘s top goalkeepers will leave for England on Wednesday after a strong season-and-a-half in North America, and he’ll have a legitimate shot at being the Blues‘ #1 goalkeeper.
The road to the Premier League for Petrovic has been paved through the FK Cukariki academy, which he joined in 2014 and from where he later graduated to make his professional debut in his native Serbia. Petrovic made 78 first-team appearances for Cukariki before he headed for the United States in 2022 — and in a scouting masterclass, New England found perhaps a better keeper than Matt Turner, who was sold to Arsenal before last season.
Petrovic was named an MLS All-Star this season, and European interest in the 23-year-old picked back up amid his consistent form. Chelsea‘s American ownership group, Clearlake Capital, has not yet been afraid to spend, and it has done so again here to pry Petrovic from MLS when the Revs face a battle for playoff positioning.
A big sale for MLS
Once confirmed, the Petrovic transfer will become one of the most expensive in the history of Major League Soccer.
The league’s record transfer remains Miguel Almiron, who left Atlanta United for Newcastle in 2019 for $26 million. Ricardo Pepi‘s transfer from FC Dallas to German side Augsburg last year is the only other transfer in MLS history to fetch $20 million — although Petrovic will come close to that figure if the add-ons convey.