Chelsea have reportedly taken goalkeeper Marco Amelia on trial and are set to sign the former AC Milan man on a short-term basis.
Jose Mourinho is looking for some experience cover for Asmir Begovic with first-choice Thibaut Courtois out of action until Christmas with a knee problem.
The Bosnian Begovic is the only senior stopper currently on the Stamford Bridge books and Mourinho has moved to bring 33-year-old Amelia to Cobham to take a look at the free agent.
Amelia made 41 appearances for Milan over a four-year period before leaving the Serie A giants last year. He went on to play for the amateur club Rocca Priora and had a spell at Perugia in Serie B but was released at the end of the campaign and is yet to find a new club.
Mourinho ruled out a move for Porto’s 37-year-old Helton las week, but admitted he was in the market for an understudy for Begovic.
“We need a goalkeeper now, not in January,” said Mourinho. “Helton has a contract with Porto and would only be available in January. By then, Courtois will be available again.”
The champions named only 19 players over 21 in their 25-man Premier League squad at the start of the month, including five who are considered “homegrown”, meaning they can apply to register a free agent outside the transfer window.