CHELSEA are close to signing former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina from AC Milan in a £9million deal.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has made a bid to sign the 35-year-old Spanish stopper who he worked with at Napoli.
Pepe Reina could return to the Premier League this summer
Reina moved to AC Milan on a free this summer but wants to join up with his former boss in London.
And the goalkeeper will become part of Sarri’s back-room team when he hangs up his boots in a couple years time.
And ex-Reds keeper Reina could be their best bet to replace him having played for Sarri in Serie A.
Reina played 285 Premier League games for Liverpool in an eight-year career at Anfield before moving to Napoli.
He also warmed the bench for Manuel Neuer at Bayern Munich for a brief spell before returning to Italy.
His performances in Serie A for Napoli saw him head to Russia for the World Cup, as back-up to David de Gea and Kepa Arrizabalaga.
But he did not play a single minute as Spain crashed out in the knockout stages.
Pedro’s early goal was enough for Chelsea to win their only game on a whistle-stop tour of Australia.