Chelsea are reportedly targeting Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon to replace Asmir Begovic, as reported by The Telegraph.
Rumours have abounded for much of January linking Begovic with fellow Premier League side Bournemouth. Begovic has made do with precious few starts at Chelsea given the presence of Thibaut Courtois in the side and a move to the Cherries should see the 29-year-old enjoy more first team football.
Chelsea have been the one snag in the deal going through, hesitant to let him go without first finding a suitable replacement. To that end, the Blues have drawn up a three-man shortlist of possible replacements for Begovic, which includes Celtic shot-stopper Gordon.
Now 34, and contracted to Celtic until 2018, Chelsea would need to splash out somewhat to sign him, and even then he hardly looks to be a long-term replacement.
Allied to that is the fact that Gordon currently enjoys first team football in Glasgow and would likely be confined to the bench for most of is time at Chelsea. The other goalkeepers on the Pensioners’ shortlist are Galatasaray’s Fernando Muslera and Diego López, currently at loan at Espanyol from AC Milan.
The ex-Sunderland man appears to be the frontrunner however, not least thanks to his familiarity with Premier League football following his five-year stint at the Stadium of Light. Interestingly, Chelsea may seek to incorporate their profundity for loaning out players into the deal. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Dominic Solanke are both thought to be highly prized by Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and it wouldn’t surprise many to see either make the trip north.
It is thought that the Blues have already rejected an offer in the region of $10 million for Begovic, but should they be able to ensure a replacement before the end of January, a similar bid would likely be enough to secure the Bosnian’s services.
Colm Egan, Pundit Arena