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Chelsea & Manchester City leading race to sign Ukrainian star

Mancini wants back-up for Hart. (©GettyImages)
Mancini wants back-up for Hart. (©GettyImages).

Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Manchester City are reportedly the three most prominent clubs chasing highly-rated Ukrainian goalkeeper Igor Berezovsky.

The 22-year-old has been in impressive form for Obolon Kiev and is, thus, seemingly attracting interest from some of Europe's most high-profile clubs.

According to talkSPORT, Chelsea and Manchester City are set to battle with Bayern Munich for the signature of Berezovsky, who is on the verge of a call-up to the senior Ukraine squad.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is reported to view Berezovsky as an ideal 'keeper to play understudy to current No.1 Joe Hart, competing with Costel Pantilimon for a place not he bench.

Chelsea, meanwhile, already have Ross Turnball and Henrique Hilario in reserve should Petr Cech become injured, although Roberto di Matteo reportedly wants a more capable back-up.

Chelsea also have Thibaut Courtois on their books, but the young Belgian is spending second season on loan with Atletico Madrid as he furthers his education away from Stamford Bridge.

The 20-year-old signed for Chelsea form Genk in the 2011 summer transfer window and is viewed as the long-term successor to Cech.

Cech, 30, has been with Chelsea since 2004 and has seen his position as the club's No.1 unchallenged during his career at Stamford Bridge.

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