Following the injury suffered by the Blues’ first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois while on international duty for Belgium, Asmir Begovic has since stepped in to be the number one goalie for the team as Courtois will be out for three months.
This has made the Blues short of goalkeeper options, with rookie Jamal Blackman left as Begovic’s understudy. However, Jose Mourinho fears that any injury or suspension to the Bosnian shot-stopper will derail Chelsea’s already disastrous season, and the Portuguese boss has now moved to sign a new goalkeeper for his side.
As per respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Marco Amelia is expected to arrive at Chelsea today ahead of putting pen to paper on a deal with the reigning Premier League champions.
Begovic has been performing well for Chelsea in the absence of Courtois, but the former Stoke City custodian has always been exposed by what used to be the Blues’ main strength in years, now their weakness – the defence. The nine Premier League goals Begovic has conceded has somewhat betrayed his good performances.
However, Amelia will not break any Premier League regulations and as such, the Italian shot-stopper would be eligible to play immediately for Chelsea, as claimed by the Daily Mail.
Also, Di Marzio revealed that Amelia, 33, has trained with the Blues and he will head back into West London today to sign a deal with the Stamford Bridge outfit.
Chelsea have room in their 25-man squad to accommodate a senior foreign player so the transfer is brilliant for the Blues.
Mourinho’s return to his old club last night ended in a defeat for the Chelsea boss, after Porto ran out 2-1 winners over the Blues at the Estadio do Dragao.