As per reports, it is understood that 33 year old World cup winner Marco Amelia is on trial at Chelsea with an imminent transfer expected to happen before the end of the week. It is further claimed that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho himself had to put a call through to the Italian in a bid to get him on trial at the club. It’s not uncommon for the media to report Mourinho having to contact a player for a proposed transfer to Chelsea however the Portuguese has been known according to reports to only perform these actions on important transfers which speaks a lot about Amelia’s trial.
The situation of things however at Chelsea is definitely bound to increase the level of importance on Amelia’s transfer. Chelsea are expected to be without their first choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for a lengthy period and having sold Petr Cech to Arsenal earlier in the transfer window, the Blues are left with Asmir Begovic as their only experienced goalkeeper in the team.
If Jose Mourinho ranks experience as his number 1 criteria when it comes to goalkeeper searching then Marco Amelia pretty much fits the bill. The 33 year old won a Bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics with Italy. He was also part of the squad that won the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and was in the Italian Euro 2008 team. His most notable club involvement was with AC Milan between 2010 – 2014.
Being a free agent and clearly not anted by any club, there might be several questions raised on what Amelia has left in his tank to offer the team and the 33 year old could just be another case of a unnecessary luxury. However, only time will decide what Amelia’s role will be at Chelsea.