Willy Caballero could be about to join Premier League champions Chelsea, after being released by Manchester City at the end of the season, according to reports.
The Spaniard played 17 times for Pep Guardiola’s side last campaign and was seen as the first-choice in patches due to Claudio Bravo’s substandard form.
However, the £35m signing of Ederson from Benfica means that Caballero is no longer needed at the club and the manager has opted not to renew his deal, and instead release him.
Now, Antonio Conte’s side look set to swoop on a bargain, as they look to acquire a new backup goalkeeper for Thibaut Courtois.
Asmir Begovic was the number two at Stamford Bridge last season, but the Bosnian international recently joined Bournemouth in a £10m deal in order to get first-team football, leaving a position open for the Blues.
The news of Caballero’s impending move to Chelsea came from an Argentinian journalist, who also claimed that Boca Juniors were keen on the 35-year-old, and has been widely reported.
It seems odd to some that Guardiola has opted to keep Bravo over the ageing Caballero given the former’s dreadful form since his arrival from Barcelona.
The Chilean made a number of high profile mistakes, while it was the former Malaga keeper who came in and actually steadied the ship on occasion.
Caballero became almost a cult hero at the club, particularly after his heroics in the penalty shootout against Liverpool in the 2016 EFL Cup final.
Ederson will, of course, be the number one choice now for Guardiola, as the Spanish manager looks to build a team capable of dominating English football.