With Thibaut Courtois reportedly on the verge of a big-money move to Real Madrid in the current transfer window, Chelsea have been forced to search for a suitable goalkeeper that can fill in the big Belgian’s shoes should he decide to finally make the switch to Spain after a long-standing love affair with the La Liga giants.
Courtois is one of the very top goalkeepers of the game at the moment and finding an able replacement for him won’t be easy. Apart from this, the arrival of Maurizio Sarri certainly complicates their selection options. The former Napoli manager has emphasised he wants to implement his favoured brand of attractive football at the Bridge. Sarri prefers his teams to play out from the back, and thus he would need a keeper comfortable with the ball at his feet and able to play short to mid-range accurate passes.
The club hierarchy has sounded out a couple of shotstoppers across Europe, with the likes of Gianluigi Donnarumma, Pepe Reina and Alisson all linked with a potential switch to the Stamford Bridge outfit. Even former Blues favourite Peter Cech himself was reportedly primed for a return to the West side of London before the Arsenal man proceeded to totally shut the rumour down.
But in a surprising turn of events, Chelsea have now chosen to sign former England number 1 Rob Green. The goalkeeper boasts massive top-flight experience, having spent time in between the sticks for clubs such as Norwich, West Ham and Queens Park Rangers.
Still, the move comes as a shock as Rob Green did not make any competitive appearance with Huddersfield Town last season. While the veteran goalkeeper’s experience will prove invaluable to the dressing room, it remains to be seen whether the 38-year-old Rob Green can cope with the demands of Sarri’s attacking approach.