According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea are close to ‘wrapping up’ a transfer deal to bring in Robert Green from QPR as back-up for Thibaut Courtois.
With the expected departure of Petr Cech this summer, Chelsea need an experienced back-up behind Courtois, but if Green really of the level that Chelsea need?
At first glance the answer to that is no. If Courtois got injured next season, could Green step in and perform at the same level as Cech has this season? The answer to that is no.
But signing Green does have two benefits for the Premier League champions. One is that he will be cheap, at around £2 million. Considering that Cech could be sold for as much as £10 million this summer, that is a nice profit for the Blues.
Green also has the added benefit of being English and thereby helping Chelsea with their home-grown quota for the Champions League. With Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole having left the club recently, defenders John Terry and Gary Cahill are now the only English players there.