Chelsea have had a bid for Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon rejected by the Scottish club.
The Scotland international is said to be one of three goal-keepers that Chelsea are considering to bring in as back-up, with the club currently considering a 12m bid for current back-up keeper Asmir Begovic, from Bournemouth.
Gordon has less than six months to run on his contract, but Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers still sees the 34-year-old as a vital part of his future plans, and seems to have no interest in allowing the keeper to leave for Stamford Bridge, although Chelsea may come back with another bid yet.
“There’s lots of speculation about many of our players. It is credit to them that they’re performing so well that these great clubs are interested in them. But Craig’s very much a part of what I’m doing here. He has really consolidated his game and he sees how we want to play.” Rodgers commented after Celtic’s 1-0 victory over St Johnstone.
“You can see how calm he is. He is 34-years-old, he can go on for a number of years and be a real pillar of this team.”
When asked if Chelsea would be wasting their time bidding for Gordon, Rodgers said: “Yes, of course.”
Gordon has been a first-team starter for Celtic since joining the club back in 2014, after a two-year stint away from the game due to injury.
He has already featured 34 times for the current leaders of the Scottish Premier League so far this campaign, and has been impressive enough to find himself on Antonio Conte’s radar.
The other keepers Chelsea are said to be keeping tabs on include Galatasaray shot-stopper Fernando Muslera, along with Espanyol’s Diego Lopez.
With the window set to slam shut soon, Chelsea have a choice to make – quickly find a replacement for Begovic before allowing him to leave for Bournemouth, or retain the Bosnian’s services for the rest of the season, at the very least.