In Focus: Caballero should prove to be a useful Chelsea addition

According to reports in The Independent, Chelsea are closing in on their first summer signing as they look set to complete a deal for Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Blues are looking for a number two to provide competition for first choice stopper Thibaut Courtois following Asmir Begovic’s move to Bournemouth last month, and they want somebody who is reliable but willing to accept that they could spend the majority of the campaign on the substitutes’ bench.

Caballero fits the bill with his contract with Premier League rivals City due to run out at the end of this month, and he is yet to be offered a new one having largely provided cover for Claudio Bravo in what looks to be his final year at the Etihad.

How did he do last season?

The Argentine may not have expected to see much first team action after Pep Guardiola signed Claudio Bravo as his new number one last summer, but he ended up making 27 appearances in all competitions and replaced Bravo in the team from February onwards in the Premier League.

The stopper showed that he can be relied on by keeping seven clean sheets and conceding just 13 goals in 17 top flight outings.

Will he be a good addition for Chelsea?

He certainly will be.

As back-up there is no doubt that Chelsea would have struggled to get anyone better – especially on a free transfer.

Caballero has experience in the Premier League and La Liga – as well as in European competition – and Blues boss Antonio Conte would have no concerns about chucking him into the action if Courtois was missing for whatever reason.

Are there any doubts over Courtois’ future?

The Independent suggests that Chelsea have fought off interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid during the Spring and are confident that the Belgian will remain at Stamford Bridge next season, where he should be working alongside Caballero.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, while it might not be the exciting start to Chelsea’s summer transfer plans that the fans want, Caballero could prove to be a useful and important addition.