Willy Caballero
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Chelsea are expected to sign Willy Caballero on a free transfer in the coming weeks as a backup goalkeeper, after the Argentine was released by Manchester City, report The Independent.

The champions saw Asmir Begović leave this summer, for a fee in the region of £10m per Sky Sports. With the Bosnian having departed in search of more game time, Chelsea are in need of a reliable backup for No.1 goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Although Chelsea have Portuguese goalkeeper Eduardo on the books, head coach Antonio Conte is believed have identified Caballero as suitable competition for Courtois.

Caballero joined City in 2014 and unseated Claudio Bravo as their first choice goalkeeper last season, in the Chilean’s first year in English football. The former Malaga stopper was, however, let go of by Pep Guardiola, following the signing of Ederson Moraes from Benfica.

Chelsea also expect to keep hold of Courtois over the summer, despite the rising interest of Real Madrid, as the Belgian stated that he will “certainly” sign a new contract with the champions, per The Telegraph. Madrid turned their attention to Courtois, after seeing their attempts to sign David de Gea from Manchester United rebuffed.

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