Chelsea can finally complete transfer deal six years after starting scouting mission

Chelsea are considering a move for former Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli in an effort to strengthen their goalkeeping options.

The Blues, who travel to Ireland tomorrow ahead of the start of a pre-season training camp, are on the hunt for a new third choice shot-stopper this summer following the departure of Willy Caballero.

The Argentine left Stamford Bridge at the end of last season following the expiry of his contract, meaning Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel is now a senior goalkeeper short.

However, with the Blues looking to spend big on the likes of West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice and Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund, they were never going to spend huge amounts of money on drafting in a new third choice goalkeeper to provide cover and competition.

According to a report by The Athletic, Chelsea have identified Bettinelli as a possible candidate to replace Caballero, whilst continuing to also run the rule over former Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey as well.

Bettinelli is currently on the hunt for a new club after being released by Fulham at the end of last season and Chelsea could soon offer him the chance to return to the Premier League.

According to a report by The Athletic, Chelsea have identified Bettinelli as a possible candidate to replace Caballero, whilst continuing to also run the rule over former Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey as well.

Bettinelli is currently on the hunt for a new club after being released by Fulham at the end of last season and Chelsea could soon offer him the chance to return to the Premier League.

However, the goalkeeper, who spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough, has other clubs casting their eye over him, with Championship outfit Birmingham City reportedly interested in his signature.

Interestingly, Chelsea were keen on signing the 29-year-old back in 2015 as they chased an option to provide back-up to both Thibaut Courtois and Asmir Begovic. Although the prospect of joining Chelsea at that time must have been an exciting one, Bettinelli refused to entertain the chance to swap Craven Cottage for Stamford Bridge, purely because he was not prepared to make the move and barely get any minutes on the pitch.

“There was always that speculation with Chelsea, but I did not want to be sat on the bench,” Bettinelli told The Evening Standard six years ago.

“It would have been silly to stop playing now and go and be a number three.

“It was lovely to be linked with Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in the world, but this was always the place for me.”

In truth, Bettinelli now finds himself in the exact same position. If he was to join Chelsea this summer he would be added to Tuchel’s squad purely to provide back-up to both Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Admittedly, the former Accrington Stanley loanee is currently a free agent and most probably desperate to secure a new club, but he may once again turn down any approaches from Chelsea because of the lack of first-team football they would be prepared to offer him.

Given that, as a goalkeeper, Bettinelli should be coming into the prime period of his career at the age of 29, he is unlikely to wish to sit on the bench and barely see any action.

With that said, Chelsea may find it difficult, once again, to convince the former England Under-21 international to make the move to Stamford Bridge.

 

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