Chelsea are set to announce the signing of former AC Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia on a free transfer today.
The number one goalkeeper of Chelsea, Thibaut Courtois is injured with a meniscus injury and they are without the service of him until January.
The injury of Courtois leaves new signing from Stoke City Asmir Begovic as the only senior goalkeeper in the team and currently 21-year-old Jamal Blackman is the backup of the Bosnian international.
Begovic, since his move to Stamford Bridge, has done well in Blue jersey, but he is again and again let down by his defenders who are underperforming.
Begovic also has some fitness issues which troubled him since a long time so Mourinho is reluctant to have faith in him only and he does not see Blackman an experienced backup.
Amelia made 41 appearances for Milan over a four-year period before leaving San Siro last year. The 33-year-old went on to play for the amateur club Rocca Priora and had a short spell at Perugia in Serie B but was released at the end of the campaign and is a free agent.
Amelia was an Italian international and featured in nine games for the Azzurri and was a part of the Italian squad that were crowned champions in 2006 FIFA World Cup.
He was linked as a number two for Arsenal this summer, but that did not happen as David Ospina opted to stay at Emirates.
Amelia has spent the last week on trial with Chelsea. The champions named only 19 players over 21 in their 25-man Premier League squad earlier this month, including five who are considered “homegrown”, meaning they can apply to register a free agent outside the transfer window.
Mourinho ruled out taking a goalkeeper on an emergency loan arrangement last week and reiterated that while ruling out a move for Porto’s 37-year-old Helton. “We need a goalkeeper now, not in January,” said Mourinho. “Helton has a contract with Porto and would only be available in January. By then, Courtois will be available again.”