Chelsea are on the cusp of announcing the signing of former AC Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia later tomorrow, according to reports.
The Blues are currently without the services of first-choice goalie Thibaut Courtois who is out with meniscus injury, and will not be available until December, as per the Belgian himself and his boss Jose Mourinho.
Courtois’ injury has given Asmir Begovic a chance to showcase his talent to the Chelsea supporters, and the Bosnian is left with 21-year old Jamal Blackman as back-up option.
Ahead of yesterday’s game against Southampton, Mourinho claimed his club will sign a new goalie very soon and it would not be Porto’s Helton. The Portuguese boss said: “We need a goalkeeper now, not in January. Helton has a contract with Porto and would only be available in January. Then Courtois will be available.”
However, the new goalie seems to be the Italian shot-stopper Marco Amelia as he is currently a free agent after leaving Serie B side Perugia in the summer.
Renowned Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio also claimed a couple of days ago: “Medical tomorrow for @AmeliaGoalie (former @acmilan goalkeeper) with @ChelseaFC: then he’ll sign the contract till the end of the season.”
Amelia played 41 times for AC Milan over a four-year period before leaving the San Siro last year. An Italian international, Amelia featured in nine games for the Azzuri and was part of the Italian squad that won the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
The 33-year old was also linked with Arsenal during the summer but the move did not materialise as David Ospina remained at the Emirates Stadium.
Chelsea’s disastrous start to the season was further reignited yesterday as the Blues fell to another humiliating defeat at Stamford Bridge against Ronald Koeman’s Southampton who came back from a goal down to inflict a a fourth defeat on Jose Mourinho’s side in the league.