It has been reported this week by The Sun (18/07; page 61) that Nottingham Forest pulled the plug on plans to sign goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli. Now, the 29-year-old could be on his way to Chelsea in a shock deal.
Bettinelli was a regular in the Middlesbrough team last season. He was released by Neil Warnock though and is now a free agent.
Forest were in talks with the goalkeeper prior to signing Ethan Horvath last week on a free transfer after he left Club Brugge.
Now, he’s being lined up for a move to Stamford Bridge, with the Champions of Europe keen to sign him during the window, according to The Telegraph.
Chelsea are on the lookout for a new third-choice goalkeeper. Edouard Mendy is the current number one, but Willy Caballero has left.
Bettinelli would represent a pretty cheap option considering he’s available on a free, whilst he’d also boost Chelsea’s homegrown quota.
The experience second-tier stopper would surely jump at the chance to join a club like Chelsea, given he’s spent the majority of his career playing in the Football League.
He has made 137 appearances in the Championship and as a result, it’s no surprise Forest were keen to sign him.
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It has to be said they probably won’t. Bettinelli is steady but good things are expected of Horvath who signed last week.
The American is three years younger than the ex-Fulham man and at 26, he’s relatively young for a goalkeeper.
Bettinelli won’t be going to play much at Chelsea. He will train with the first-choice goalkeepers and perhaps get the odd game in a domestic cup competition.
Good luck to him if he does head for Stamford Bridge but he wouldn’t have been an amazing signing for Forest anyway.