Chelsea are considering a surprise summer move for Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli after Jose Mourinho identified the England U21 international as a shock candidate to replace Petr Cech as the Blues' back-up custodian next season.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the Portuguese coach was in attendance at Craven Cottage on Wednesday night to make a personal check on the talented young stopper during the west London club's Championship clash against Rotherham United which finished in a 1-1 draw.
With Thibaut Courtois now firmly established as Mourinho's first-choice, veteran Cech is expected to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, which creates a vacancy for a new keeper to come in ahead of next season.
And whilst much of the talk has centred around Chelsea bringing in another experienced campaigner like Robert Green or Brad Friedel - just like they did when they signed Mark Schwarzer on a free transfer in 2013 - it's now understood that Mourinho would prefer to add a much more youthful option to his first-team squad.
Bettinelli has just over 12 months remaining on his current contract with Fulham and so will be available for transfer at a relatively cheap price.
He only made his senior debut for Kit Symons's side at the start of the season, but has already attracted admiring glances from a number of suitors following a host of impressive performances in the second tier.
Chelsea fans: Do you think Jose Mourinho is making a mistake letting Petr Cech leave Stamford Bridge? Is Marcus Bettinelli good enough to forge a career with the Blues? Have your say below...