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Jessie Fleming joins Portland Thorns on record transfer

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Jessie Fleming of Chelsea controls the ball during the Barclays Women's Super League match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC at Emirates Stadium on December 10, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Daniela Porcelli/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

Jessie Fleming is headed to Portland, with the Canadian national set to join the Thorns after departing Chelsea FC.

The Telegraph’s Tom Garry first reported the news, writing that Fleming said farewell to her Chelsea teammates on Monday. Garry also reported that Fleming is “adored by everyone” at the club and is parting on “great terms.”

Fleming’s transfer fee is reportedly around £250,000, or about $316,000 USD. It’s a record number for the NWSL and makes her the most expensive signing ever made by an American women’s team.

Fleming is a winner, having helped Chelsea to three Women’s Super League titles, three women’s FA Cups and a League Cup. She also won Olympic gold with Canada in Tokyo in 2021, scoring in the final.

With the transfer fee, Garry reports that the WSL leaders are likely going to use it toward signing a striker. Their sights are set on Colombian forward Mayra Ramírez from Levante, which has already been reported in Spain.

Fleming joins Canadian national teammates Christine Sinclair and Janine Beckie in Portland.