In one of the more bizarre stories of this transfer window, Premier League leaders Chelsea have registered a serious interest in Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon.
In fact, according to Sky Sports, they have already made a bid for the 34-year-old – one that was quickly knocked back by the Scottish giants.
Speaking after Gordon kept a clean sheet in Celtic’s 1-0 win against St. Johnstone at Parkhead on Wednesday night, manager Brendan Rodgers was adamant that Gordon would not be allowed to leave the club in January – and while he sees the English side’s interest as a compliment to the keeper’s performances, he would not be allowed to leave:
“It’s a credit to the way the players are performing there is speculation and people are talking about these clubs.
“But Craig is very much part of what I am doing here. He is 34, can go on for a number of years and be a real pillar of this team.
“Would Chelsea be wasting their time? Yes, of course. We don’t want to sell him. His contract is up at the end of the season but the club have the option of another year. Selling Craig’s not something we would even consider.“
It has been quite the career resurrection for Gordon. Having been released at Sunderland in 2012 after a number of injury problems, it looked like the Scotland international was set to call time on his career, but incredibly signed for Celtic two years later and became the club’s number one when Fraser Forster was sold to Southampton that same summer.
Chelsea, for their part, are in the market for a backup goalkeeper to Thibaut Courtois, with Asmir Begovic keen to seal a £12m move to Bournemouth before next Wednesday’s deadline. Diego Lopez, currently on loan at Espanyol from AC Milan, and Galatasaray’s Fernando Muslera have also been linked with Antonio Conte’s side.