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Official: Chelsea sign Djordje Petrović from New England Revolution

By George!

MLS: Leagues Cup-Club Queretaro at New England Revolution Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

Chelsea have officially acquired goalkeeper Đorđe (Djordje) Petrović from the New England Revolution in exchange for about €16m, making him the most expensive goalkeeper export ever from MLS (and a club record transfer for New England).

We had a sudden need of a new backup to previous backup Robert Sánchez, after loaning out both Kepa Arrizabalaga (to Real Madrid, possibly for good) and Gaga Slonina (to KAS Eupen, strictly as a learning opportunity), and with Marcus Bettinelli still injured and others in the youth system probably needing loans more than bench time.

While Petrović arrives initially as second-choice, we can probably expect him to turn this into an open competition. The 23-year-old had made it abundantly clear before that he wanted to move to Europe but only for a starting position. Evidently we must’ve convinced him otherwise.

Welcome, New Jorgi/Georgie/Djordje! Let’s win some things!

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