Chelsea are close to signing former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina from AC Milan in a £9million deal – despite him only joining the Italian side two days ago.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has made a bid to sign the 35-year-old Spanish stopper, who he worked with at Napoli.
Reina moved to AC Milan on a free this summer but wants to join up with his former boss in London.
And the goalkeeper will become part of Sarri’s back-room team when he hangs up his boots in a couple of years’ time.
Chelsea are braced to lose their No 1 Thibaut Courtois with Real Madrid hot on the heels of the Belgian.
And ex-Reds keeper Reina could be their best bet to replace him having played for Sarri in Serie A.
Reina played 285 Premier League games for Liverpool in an eight-year career at Anfield before moving to Napoli.
He also warmed the bench for Manuel Neuer at Bayern Munich for a brief spell before returning to Italy.
His performances in Serie A for Napoli saw him head to Russia for the World Cup as back-up to David de Gea and Kepa Arrizabalaga.
But he did not play a single minute as Spain crashed out in the knockout stages to Russia.
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Sarri made a winning start as Chelsea manager when the Blues beat Perth Glory 1-0 on Monday.
Pedro’s early goal was enough for Chelsea to win their only game on a whistle-stop tour of Australia.