Chelsea draw up surprising three-man goalkeeper shortlist as Begovic nears movePublished January 25, 2017
Chelsea have drawn up a three-man shortlist of goalkeepers as club chiefs ponder whether to accept Bournemouth’s offer for Asmir Begovic.
The subject of a £10m bid from the Cherries, Begovic has seen his playing-time limited by Thibaut Courtois superb form between the sticks for Antonio Conte’s men, and could well leave for the south coast before Tuesday’s deadline.
His potential departure would leave the Blues short of goalkeeping cover, though, and Chelsea are currently compiling a list of contingency options should a transfer come to fruition over the coming week.
According to the Daily Mirror, Celtic’s Craig Gordon, AC Milan’s Diego Lopez and Galatasary’s Fernando Muslera have all been identified by scouts as possible replacements for the Bosnian.
Scottish international Gordon is the surprise name on the three-man shortlist. Billed as a promising teenager with Hearts, a big-money switch to Sunderland ended in failure for the Edinburgh stopper. Following two years without a club in light of injury problems, Gordon eventually moved to Celtic, where he has started to revive what had been a faltering career.
35-year-old Lopez, meanwhile, is excelling on loan at Quique Sanchez Flores’ Espanyol from AC Milan and counts Real Madrid and Sevilla among his former teams. His addition would only be as a short-term solution, but the Spaniard may be best placed presently to put pressure on Courtois for the No.1 jersey at Stamford Bridge.
Uruguay international Muslera is the other name mentioned in the report. An agile keeper renowned for his shot-stopping prowess, the experienced South American would be another who could push Courtois to bigger and better things.
Courtois, himself, has been linked with a summer move to Real Madrid but the west Londoners would be loath to lose someone of his stature as they aim to make waves both domestically and in Europe under Conte.
Chelsea lie in first-place in the Premier League table, eight points ahead of closest challengers Arsenal.