Craig Gordon on Chelsea’s radar to replace outgoing Begovic

Chelsea are also being linked with Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon as a replacement for Asmir Begovic, who has been told he can leave Stamford Bridge as long as they find someone to fill his place in the first-team squad.

Chelsea have made a second offer for Scotland international Gordon, the latest offer being worth a reported £4m. However, Brendan Rodgers issued a stern warning on Monday night that the club are not prepared to sell 34-year-old Gordon, even though they have a 22-point lead at the top of the Premiership table.

“I repeat, we don’t want to sell him,” Rodgers said. “It’s between the club and his agent to find a new deal for him, which we believe we will do.

“It’s very simple. I spoke to you on Friday and told you he wasn’t moving. I told you last night there was no more movement. I will tell you the exact same thing. There’s nothing new to add. He will be in the team for the Aberdeen game.

The final player being linked with Chelsea on deadline day is Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac, who could be a permanent replacement for Branislav Ivanovic with the Serbia international set to complete his free transfer to Zenit St Petersburg in the next 24 hours.

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