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.

Chelsea are braced to lose their No 1 Thibaut Courtois with Real Madrid hot on the heels of the Belgian.

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.

Sarri made a winning start as Chelsea manager as the Blues beat Perth Glory 1-0 on Monday.

Pedro’s early goal was enough for Chelsea to win their only game on a whistle-stop tour of Australia.


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