Date: 24th July 2018 at 10:00pm
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Chelsea are in the market for a new goalkeeper, amidst continued speculation that Thibaut Courtois will complete a lucrative switch to join Real Madrid, and a deal seems set to go ahead to land his replacement – though it is a surprising outcome.

The Sun states Chelsea are closing in on the signature of former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina in a deal that would cost around £9m, despite the Spain international only completing his switch to AC Milan two days ago.

New Blues boss Maurizio Sarri worked with the 35-year-old during his time with Napoli and is keen on a reunion in the Premier League, though he only moved to the San Siro on a free transfer recently after following his former boss out of Naples.

It is reported that Reina is being given the opportunity to become part of Chelsea’s backroom coaching team in the coming years when he hangs up his boots.