The situation regarding Asmir Begovic’s uncertain Chelsea future may have led manager Antonio Conte to consider his goalkeeping options ahead of the new season.
The Daily Star cites a report from Portuguese outlet O Jogo to claim that the Stamford Bridge boss is looking at Eduardo, current Dinamo Zagreb stopper and a non-playing member of the victorious Portuguese squad at Euro 2016 last month.
It is suggested that Dinamo have received a firm proposal from Chelsea and that hesitation regarding a move back to Portugal with Sporting CP could give the Premier League club a chance to steal in.
Apparently, Chelsea have submitted a much better offer than Sporting for the player.
Eduardo is expected to be a backup for Thibaut Courtois next season. The Belgian keeper was injured for a few weeks last season and the Blues struggled to replace him properly. The likes of Begovic and Amelia never quite managed to impress.
It seems that Conte is keen on addressing that problem this summer and has identified the Portuguese international as an ideal second choice keeper.
Another Portuguese newspaper Diario Noticias has also confirmed Chelsea’s offer for the player and are claiming that the player can sign for Chelsea.
It seems that Sporting had an agreement for the player, but the move will not happen because they failed to convince the Zagreb president.
The 3-1 win over AC Milan in Minneapolis Wednesday night saw get Chelsea back to winning ways even if it was far from a complete performance. Sluggish starts to both halves were conspicuous and were hopefully the consequence of intensive training sessions under Antonio Conte, rather than anything more worrying.
Regardless of potential arrivals and departures, it is certainly encouraging that the manager’s thinking is clear regarding his preferred personnel for the campaign ahead. In that respect and in terms of results, this has been a significantly more productive summer than the previous one. Conte will also be hoping that it evolves into a significantly more productive Premier League season.