Chelsea poised to sign goalkeeper Amelia

Marco Amelia: Set to sign for Chelsea

Marco Amelia: Set to sign for Chelsea

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.