Chelsea have offered goalkeeper Willy Caballero a shock Premier League lifeline having reached out to the Argentine in their hunt for a new understudy to Thibaut Courtois.
As reported in the Metro, Blues manager Antonio Conte wants an experienced number two to provide cover for the Belgian, and has identified the Argentine free agent as the ideal candidate.
Caballero, 35, was surprisingly released by Manchester City at the end of the season, after Citizens manager Pep Guardiola decided against extending the goalkeeper’s contract at the Etihad.
That decision was made despite him having seemingly supplanting Claudio Bravo as the club’s first choice keeper, making a total of twenty-six appearances in all competitions last season, including each of the clubs last five Premier League games as Chilean Bravo went down with an injury.
Willy Caballero understood to favour move to Chelsea above Newcastle United, who offering more but moving to London a factor
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Chelsea are in the market for a new second choice goalkeeper following the departure of Asmir Begovic at the close of the season to Bournemouth, in a £10m deal.
Begovic had struggled for game time following his 2015 move from Stoke, and had made it clear that he was dissatisfied with playing second fiddle to Courtois.
City meanwhile have moved swiftly to replace Caballero, announcing today the signing og twenty-three-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica.
The stopper has made the switch following a world record £34.7m transfer fee for a goalkeeper was agreed between the two clubs.