Chelsea have begun talks with Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda as they look to make him Thibaut Courtois’s understudy at Stamford Bridge.
According to a report by The Guardian, the 31-year-old is set to leave Marseille after a very poor season when his contract ends this month. He played nine years at the Stade Vélodrome and has expressed an interest in pursuing his career in the Premier League, after once having an unsuccessful trial with Aston Villa.
Mandanda is currently France’s second goalkeeper at Euro 2016, backing up Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris. He’s been voted the best goalkeeper in his home country four times.
Chelsea are willing to let Asmir Begovic leave the club if they secure an experienced goalkeeper to act as the back-up to Thibaut Courtois, who has repeatedly been linked with a move back to the Spanish La Liga.
reportedly wants to play in the Champions League next season and intended to return to Spain.
It has been suggested that he is considered replaceable by incoming manager Antonio Conte and will be sold if the club get a lucrative offer for him in the summer.
However, the Blues have put a hefty £50 million price tag on his head, meaning Courtois will almost certainly stay aboard at Stamford Bridge. Still, with an experienced understudy like Mandanda in their squad, Chelsea could explore selling Courtois after all if needed.