Chelsea have rejected a deadline day loan move by Sunderland for goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, according to reports.
The Black Cats are keen to sign the Bosnian shot stopper on a season-long deal but the Blues are not interested in the deal. Sunderland boss David Moyes is keen to bring in a number of new faces at the club to strengthen the squad and a top goalkeeper is one of his top priorities.
Sunderland’s first choice goalkeeper Vito Mannone has been ruled out for at least three months with elbow ligament damage and Moyes is keen to sign an experienced goalkeeper to keep improving the quality in his side.
Chelsea have Thibaut Courtois as their No.1 but Asmir Begovic has impressed a lot last season when Courtois was injured and new manager Antonio Conte is keen to keep hold of his No.2.
The arrival of Eduardo last week has made competition tough as the Blues now has three goalkeepers with Jamal Blackman sent on loan earlier in the summer.
Conte has made his intentions clear amid speculations surrounding the future of Begovic at Stamford Bridge. He said: “The situation is very clear. We have three goalkeepers now: the first is Courtois, the second is Begovic, the third is Eduardo.
“We needed a third goalkeeper because [Jamal] Blackman went on loan. We are happy Eduardo is with us.”
Begovic will be needed as cover to Thibaut Coutois this season for Conte and could give the Bosnian few first team minutes going into the season. However with Blues not playing any European football meant Begovic will have to limit his playing time than last season.