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Chelsea set to bolster their title-winning squad with recently released 35-year-old flop

Antonio Conte wants former Man City keeper Willy Caballero to play first reserve to Thibaut Courtois next season

Hardly the blockbuster signing Chelsea fans were hoping for to start their summer.

The Blues’ first recruit of the transfer window is likely to be a recently released 35-year-old goalkeeper who failed to impress last season.

We’re talking about none other than Argentine cult hero, Willy Caballero.

Willy Caballero would serve as Chelsea's No2 stopper for 2017-18

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The former Man City stopper joined Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas and Pablo Zabaleta on Pep Guardiola’s ‘surplus to requirements’ list and will officially leave the club when his contract expires in July.

ESPN are reporting that Caballero has received several offers from La Liga clubs but is keen to join Antonio Conte’s Stamford Bridge revolution.

The passionate Italian gaffer wants Caballero to play understudy to Thibaut Courtois next season following Asmir Begovic’s departure to Bournemouth.

Thibaut Courtois has revealed he will stay at Chelsea this summer

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Scared of a little competition, Thibaut? No, fair enough…

The ex-Malaga keeper played 26 games for City last season as Claudio Bravo’s poor form caused a selection headache for Guardiola.

City fans will be hoping £35million Ederson has put an end to that issue.

Caballero is likely to feature in domestic cup fixtures with Courtois remaining very much Chelsea’s first-choice No1.

Romelu Lukaku and Tiemoue Bakayoko are the other most likely signings set to follow in Caballero’s regal footsteps.