The Portland Thorns are reportedly prepared to pay an NWSL record fee to acquire Chelsea midfielder Jessie Fleming.
The Telegraph reports that the 25-year-old Canada international, Jessie Fleming, is expected to leave Chelsea after nearly four years at the club. Fleming’s move to the Portland Thorns will see her join forces with USWNT star Sophia Smith as they aim to strengthen their roster for the upcoming 2024 season.
The Thorns are believed to be paying a league-record fee, approaching $316,000 (£250,000). Fleming bid farewell to all her Chelsea teammates earlier this week, leaving the club in good standing.
Following the departure of USWNT star Crystal Dunn to free agency earlier in the year, it was anticipated that the Thorns would actively seek a replacement. Bringing in Fleming is considered a blockbuster move.
The 25-year-old is likely to immediately slot into the XI in an attacking midfield role. Head coach Mike Norris aims to integrate her quickly, with the upcoming season less than two months away.
Additionally, Fleming, who was a teenage prodigy, made her international debut for Canada at the age of 15 in December 2013. Leaving Chelsea after making over 100 appearances in all competitions, she played a crucial role in the club’s success, contributing to three WSL titles and FA Cups.