Report: Chelsea considering move for 29-year-old free agent who rejected the Blues in 2015

Chelsea have reportedly placed Marcus Bettinelli on their transfer shopping list as they look to find a third-choice goalkeeper.

According to The Athletic, Bettinelli is now under consideration by the Blues hierarchy, along with Wayne Hennessey.

Both ‘keepers were released by their respective clubs at the end of last season, Bettinelli by Fulham and Hennessey by Crystal Palace.

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Whilst Hennessey’s name has already been linked to Chelsea, the former Cottager’s shot-stopper is a new addition.

The 29-year-old played his football with Middlesbrough in 2020/21, making 42 appearances and keeping 13 clean sheets.

Before his move to the Riverside Stadium, he played 120 times for Fulham across an 11-year spell.

Now without a club, Bettinelli could be snatched up in this window as a free agent, which has of course alerted Chelsea.

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After allowing Willy Caballero to leave, they need someone to understudy Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

However, they might want to look back at Bettinelli’s previous comments before bringing him into the Blues family.

During an interview with the Evening Standard in 2015, the goalie explained how he had rejected advances from the Stamford Bridge side.

“There was always that speculation with Chelsea, but I did not want to be sat on the bench,” Bettinelli said.

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To be honest, it really doesn’t matter who Chelsea brings in as their backup ‘keeper.

I could probably be signed on and it wouldn’t make much difference.

Rob Green, Eduardo, and Marco Amelia are recent examples of players who have simply filled a space in the squad.

What I can say is that Bettinelli is relatively young for a goalkeeper and could serve the Blues for some time.

That’s if he doesn’t refuse them again…

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.