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Chelsea signs Willy Caballero on free transfer

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Chelsea has completed its first summer signing, grabbing veteran goalkeeper Willy Caballero from Manchester City on a free transfer.

Caballero served as a backup for most of his City career, playing second-fiddle first to Joe Hart and then to Claudio Bravo, but earned plenty of first-team action both in Cup action and also during stretches where each first-teamer was benched for poor performances. Overall, Caballero made 48 appearances for City since arriving from Malaga in 2014.

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With the presence of Bravo at City plus the arrival of Ederson to challenge the Chilean for his first-choice position, there was no place for Caballero at the Etihad.

The 35-year-old Argentinian will likely again serve as a backup at Chelsea, with Thibaut Courtois firmly entrenched in the first-team role. Last season Asmir Begovic backed up Courtois, but he was sold to Bournemouth this summer. Begovic only earned eight appearances for the Blues last season across all competitions, but that was skewed slightly due to the lack of European competition.

There were reports that Newcastle United was interested in bringing Caballero in to be their starting goalkeeper, including from Lee Ryder of Newcastle paper The Chronicle, but he has chosen to join the defending champions instead.

Chelsea has done most of its early business on the outgoing end this summer, netting nearly $82 million on the sale of players such as Nathan Ake, Juan Cuadrado, Bertrand Traore, and Begovic.

Solanke, Begovic leave Chelsea

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Two deals were wrapped up on Tuesday as Liverpool and Bournemouth both took players from Chelsea, with the deals officially going through on July 1.

Dominic Solanke, 19, swapped Stamford Bridge for Anfield as the talented English striker found it tough to break through at Chelsea with Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi ahead of him in the pecking order.

Solanke is currently away with England’s U-20 at the 2017 U-20 World Cup in South Korea and will link up with Liverpool for preseason.

The powerful forward will provide competition for Divock Origi, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings at Anfield.

Solanke spent the 2015-16 season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem in Holland, scoring seven goals, but stayed at Chelsea in 2016-17.

The transfer fee for Solanke will be set at a tribunal where Chelsea will be handed compensation for developing the youngster in their academy.


Another player leaving Chelsea is Premier League champion Asmir Begovic.

The Bosnian goalkeeper arrived at Chelsea two summers ago from Stoke City but failed to usurp Thibaut Courtois as Chelsea’s number one (always a tall order) and he will now head back to the South Coast with Bournemouth.

A fee of $13 million has been agreed for Begovic with the Bosnian international completing the move on July 1.

Begovic, 29, previously starred for Portsmouth, where he had a brief loan stint at Bournemouth in 2007, before making his name at Stoke in the PL from 2010.

A great shot stopper, Begovic will fight with Artur Boruc for the starting spot at the Vitality Stadium, and in a weird quirk Begovic scored in the Premier League against Boruc back in the 2013-14 season.

Begovic made 33 appearances for Chelsea over the past two seasons, keeping 10 clean sheets.

Reports: Krul, Lopez could replace Begovic at Chelsea

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It may seem unimportant at first blush, but Chelsea’s backup goalkeeper situation may be in a state of flux right now.

That means the Blues’ very strong title hopes are only a Thibaut Courtois injury away from making it matter a whole bunch more.

Eddie Howe wants Chelsea No. 2 Asmir Begovic to head down south to join Bournemouth,  and the keeper seems interested in a move.

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Chelsea’s current No. 3 is Portuguese national teamer Eduardo. The Blues could wait to sell Begovic until summer, but The Express thinks the move is on.

AC Milan backup backstop Diego Lopez is in the frame for Chelsea, according to that report, but a more intriguing name is Newcastle ‘keep Tim Krul. The Dutchman is on loan with Ajax.

Either would be a fitting replacement for Begovic. Will Conte allow the change in the middle of a relatively-stable (Diego Costa aside) title run?

Transfer rumor roundup: Jagielka, Begovic, Berahino, Zarate

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There’s action all over England, from those defending the goal mouth to others striving to conquer it.

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— Bournemouth wants an upgrade on Artur Boruc, according to The Telegraph, and that could come in the form of Chelsea backstop Asmir Begovic.

The Cherries reportedly had a $12.5 million bid turned down by Antonio Conte, who has Thibaut Courtois in the No. 1 seat and Portugal national team backup Eduardo in the ranks (along with three keepers on loan and young goalie Mitchell Beanie).

— Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger shut the door on acquiring West Ham wantaway Dimitri Payet according to Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre:

“We have many players offensively who can play in this position. You are interested by the quality of the player but there needs to be a need as well, and we have no need in this domain.”

— Clubs in need of experienced Premier League backs need look no further than Everton, where manager Ronald Koeman has admitted that England international Phil Jagielka could leave Goodison Park. The 34-year-old center back has 40 caps for England and has made 337 appearances for Everton. He could be a massive upgrade for Sunderland if David Moyes is up for a reunion.

— Stoke City chairman Peter Coates says a purchase of Saido Berahino from West Brom is not contingent on a sale of Bojan Krkic. The latter has been linked to Middlesbrough.

— Mauro Zarate may be returning the Premier League. Watford boss Walter Mazzarri has been largely let down by his strike corps as Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney have taken steps back this season. Could $4 be enough to bring the ex-West Ham and QPR man from Fiorentina to Vicarage Road? Zarate has four goals in nine matches for La Viola, and has nine goals in 40 Premier League matches.

Chelsea and the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings film “Football vs Football” challenge

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AC Milan and Chelsea are set to play a friendly in Minnesota come Aug. 4, and the Premier League outfit is running a clever marketing campaign with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings.

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Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas, Asmir Begovic, and Thibaut Courtois are among the players to try their hands at catching a football with one hand, while Vikings kicker Blair Walsh does his best to juggle.

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