Remember former England goalkeeper Robert Green?
The 38-year-old - who most people will remember for his howler for England against the United States at the 2010 World Cup - spent last season with Premier League outfit Huddersfield Town. But you’re forgiven if you were not away of that.
Green failed to make a single first-team appearance for the Terriers and duly left the club this summer.
The veteran goalkeeper, who enjoyed lengthy spells with Norwich City, West Ham and Queens Park Rangers, was subsequently considering hanging up his gloves and taking up a new career.
He worked for the BBC during this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia and it seems as if a career in the media could be his preference once he retires.
However, according to The Sun, Green will be continuing his career after accepting a free transfer move.
But this is no ordinary free transfer move. This will rank as one of - if not *the* - most unexpected move of the summer transfer window.
Green set to complete shock free transfer
Green, The Sun’s Alan Nixon claims in an exclusive report, is heading to Chelsea. No, seriously.
Yahoo sports editor Matt Lewis has also been told by a “very good source” that this transfer is happening.
The ex-Leeds United shot-stopper will sign for Maurizio Sarri’s side as cover while Jamal Blackman and Eduardo are out on loan.
He will be behind Thibaut Courtois and Willy Caballero, currently number one and two in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, but could get games in cup competitions.
Courtois, however, is expected to leave Chelsea before the transfer window closes. The Belgium international could complete a move to Real Madrid in the coming days.
The Blues are reportedly keen on Everton’s Jordan Pickford and Stoke City’s Jack Butland after losing out on Brazil international Alisson Becker to Liverpool.
Reaction to the news on social media
Needless to say, there’s been a big reaction on social media to the news of Green’s imminent move to Chelsea…
It seems rather reminiscent of the deal that Manchester United struck for 35-year-old goalkeeper Lee Grant earlier this summer.
Jose Mourinho brought in the ageing keeper from relegated Stoke City because he wants youngster Joel Pereira to gain first-team experience out on loan.News Now - Sport News