Chelsea have identified Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu as plan B, should their move for Celtic’s Craig Gordon fail to materialise, according to reports by The Sun.
The Blues are on the look out for a suitable back-up for Thibaut Courtouis, with speculation mounting that Asmir Begovic is heading to Bournemouth for a reported £12 million.
Antonio Conte has identified Sirigu as an ideal candidate, should the Scotland international not be prized away from Celtic during the transfer window.
Gordon, who is 34 years old, held talks with the Parkhead hierarchy during the week after learning of the interest shown in him by Chelsea, who had offered the Glasgow-based side £3 million.
The Scottish champions are adamant in their refusal for the goalkeeper and insist he won’t be leaving any time soon, which has made Conte turn his focus to the Italian shot-stopper instead.
Sirigu, who is a younger option to Gordon at 30 years old, has been out of the picture in Paris after losing his place to German keeper Kevin Trapp and was sent on loan to Sevilla.
The Italy international, who won three Ligue 1 titles as the starter for PSG, has also seen his place in the national team come under scrutiny, with the emergence of AC Milan star Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Bournemouth, as much as Chelsea, are hoping that a deal can be completed before the end of the month, with the London-based club not willing to let Begovic go, provided someone else comes in.