Chelsea are set to beat Aston Villa to the signature of former England worldwide goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli, in accordance to studies. According to the Daily Mail, the 29-year-old has turned down advances from Villa in favour of becoming a member of Chelsea on a free switch. Bettinelli has agreed a two-year deal at Stamford Bridge with the transfer anticipated to be confirmed within the coming days after the stopper has handed a medical. Bettinelli, who left Fulham on the finish of final season after spending the marketing campaign on mortgage at Championship facet Middlesbrough, will present backup to Thomas Tuchel’s first-choice goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. Chelsea even have Kepa Arrizabalaga on their books however the Spain worldwide has endured a turbulent time on the membership following his £71.6million swap from Athletic Bilbao three years in the past.
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Villa have been closely linked with Bettinelli as Dean Smith has solely two senior goalkeepers on the books at issues stand, with Jed Steer offering backup for undisputed primary Emiliano Martinez. Lovre Kalinic returned to Hadjuk Split on a season-long mortgage and the present goalkeeping division at Bodymoor Heath consists of Martinez and Steer together with children Viljami Sinisalo, Akos Onodi and Filip Marschall. Tom Heaton left Villa Park earlier this summer season after two years within the Midlands earlier than signing for Manchester United on a free switch. It was claimed in June that Birmingham City have been weighing up a proposal for Bettinelli after first-choice goalkeeper Neil Etheridge was dominated out of the beginning of the season having battled with Covid-19. But Blues boss Lee Bowyer poured chilly water on the hypothesis and signed former Villa ‘keeper Matia Sarkic on mortgage from Wolverhampton Wanderers. Arsenal have been additionally credited with an curiosity in Bettinelli who was referred to as up to the England squad by Gareth Southgate in September 2018 after a variety of spectacular performances for Fulham. But he dropped out of the Three Lions reckoning when Fulham have been relegated to the Championship later that season. Do you need an unique pre-season Aston Villa preview – each in your inbox and thru your letterbox? Head over right here to safe your copy