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Report: Djordje Petrović on Chelsea's Radar
Chelsea is looking for a number two goalkeeper after loaning Kepa Arrizabalaga to Real Madrid, and Petrović is one name Chelsea may explore.
The Djordje Petrović watch continues as a new report indicates another team has thrown their hat into the ring to acquire the Serbian international goalkeeper.
According to The Telegraph's Mike McGrath, English Premier League side Chelsea have their eye on the New England Revolution goalkeeper. McGrath reported that Mauricio Pochettino is looking to find a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga, who joined Real Madrid on a season-long loan. McGrath says Petrović “has been on the club’s radar since playing for New England Revolution in MLS.”
McGrath’s report on Djordje Petrović’s future comes after a rocky summer transfer window that saw the Revolution receive two offers from England’s Nottingham Forest and France’s Nantes. Both of which were rejected by the Revs.
The lack of a summer move appeared to frustrate the Serbian international, who wanted a move to Europe during the window. That frustration led to Petrović sitting out full squad training and his absence during the Leagues Cup Round of 32 match against Atlas.
Thankfully, it appears both parties sat down to discuss the matter and understand what transpired, as Petrović has returned to full training and the starting lineup.
While Petrović is still looking for a European move, previous reports indicate Petro may not look at any offer Chelsea may make in the future. According to Evening Standard’s Nizzar Kinsela, Petrović would only consider a move to Europe if he was the starting keeper from day one. As McGrath reported, Chelsea would view him as a secondary option.
Chelsea is no stranger to acquiring MLS goalkeeping talent. The EPL club helped Chicago Fire set the record for the highest outbound transfer fee for an MLS goalkeeper in December 2022, as they paid a reported €9.09 million ($9.911,736) for Gabrial Slonina.
Chelsea has yet to send an offer New England’s way, but if they are looking to add reinforcements at the goalkeeping position and have Petrović at the top of the list, expect an offer to come soon.
Another thing to keep in mind, with Bruce Arena still on administrative leave, Curt Onalfo is currently serving as interim Sporting Director according to The Athletic, which may make any move for Petrović harder.