Report: Chelsea to recruit former AC Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia on short-term deal

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With Thibaut Courtois injured, Jose Mourinho looks set to bring in experienced Italy international Marco Amelia on a short-term deal.

Chelsea are closing in on the signing of former AC Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia as Jose Mourinho looks to secure cover for Asmir Begovic, so say The Guardian.

A serious injury to first-choice keeper Thibaut Courtois saw Begovic emerge as the only senior goalkeeper in the Blues’ squad.

But with Mourinho keen to recruit a back-up to the summer signing from Stoke, Amelia has emerged as the likely choice.

According to The Guardian, the 33-year-old will sign a short-term contract with Chelsea, having most recently been on the books at Serie B side Perugia.

Part of the Italy squad that won the World Cup in 2006, Amelia featured for Palermo, Genoa and AC Milan as part of a nomadic career spent mostly as a back-up goalkeeper.

Available to sign with the Stamford Bridge club now, due to his status as a free agent, Amelia could prove a canny addition to the Chelsea ranks.

Part of the Rossoneri squad that celebrated Scudetto success in 2011, Amelia played four league games for the Diavolo that season.

Though never the established first-choice keeper at the San Siro, the Italian did play 11 Serie A games during the 2012-13 campaign.

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