Chelsea have made a £5 million offer for Udinese goalkeeper Simone Scuffet, whose impressive performances have earned him comparisons with Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon. The 18-year-old, who made his first-team debut in February aged 17, is also wanted by La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.
This is according to the Metro, who claim that Chelsea would loan Scuffet out to partner club Vitesse Arnhem if successful in their pursuit of the Italy Under-18 international. Atletico would also look to loan out the talented teenager, despite losing Thibaut Courtois, who has retuned to parent club Chelsea after three successful seasons at the Vicente Calderon.
Scuffet burst onto the scene earlier this year and earned raved reviews for his mature performances. He initially came in as a replacement for the injured Zeljko Brkic but impressed so much that he subsequently became the club’s first-choice keeper.
In June, he penned a new five-year deal with the club, but that has not been enough to deter either Chelsea or Atletico Madrid from making a bid for one of Europe’s best young goalkeepers.
Spanish newspaper AS have reported that a £5 million deal between Atletico and Udinese was close, but Chelsea now hope to hijack the move with their own offer for the Italian starlet.
Arsenal have also been linked with Scuffet, who was identified by Arsene Wenger as a potential replacement for Lukasz Fabianski.
Scuffet in action
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Scuffet would need to be patient for Chelsea chance
If Scuffet decides to join Chelsea, he would face the extremely difficult task of breaking into the first-team at Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho already has two of the best goalkeepers in world football at his disposal, in the form and Courtois and Petr Cech, although there’s a chance that the latter could leave the west London outfit this summer.
Mourinho intends to use Belgium international Courtois as his first-choice goalkeeper from the start of next season. However, Scuffet’s chances of playing regular first-team football at Stamford Bridge wouldn’t improve drastically if Cech was to leave: Courtois is still just 22 years old and already the best player in his position, perhaps with the exception of Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer, on the planet.
Atletico Madrid could be a better move
Atletico Madrid have snapped up 30-year-old Miguel Angel Moya from Getafe as a replacement for Courtois, but have room for another young goalkeeper in their ranks.
With Atleti bidding to defend their La Liga crown, as well as competing in next season’s Champions League and Copa del Rey, Scuffet is likely to be presented with opportunities to shine next season at the Vicente Calderon.
But Mourinho will attempt his best to lure Scuffet to Stamford Bridge, with the promise of allowing the teenager to develop and fulfil his potential with the Premier League side.