By Tom Blackburn
Chelsea and Everton will go head-to-head in a bid to sign France goalkeeper Steve Mandanda on a free transfer, according to a report.
The experienced shot-stopper is set to leave Marseille at the end of the month despite being the club’s established number one.
According to a report by Goal, Chelsea have made contact with representatives of Frenchman Mandanda, with fellow Premier League side Everton also keen on signing the shot-stopper.
Mandanda is in the France squad at Euro 2016 as back-up to Hugo Lloris, and he is permitted to negotiate with clubs as his eight-year spell with Marseille is set to end upon the expiration of his contract on June 30.
The 31-year-old has played 36 times in the league this season, conceding 40 goals but has reportedly decided to not accept a new contract.
Chelsea’s current number two is Asmir Begovic who signed just one year ago from Stoke City for £8 million, and this signing could leave his future in doubt.
Everton are currently searching for a new stopper following Tim Howard’s departure at the end of last season, after nine seasons with the Merseyside club.
Joel Robles was Everton’s first choice keeper for the final months of the season, but failed to convince people he was a Premier League keeper.
They recently completed the appointment of Ronald Koeman as manager from Southampton, and the new boss is set to bring in a number of new players.
In other Everton news, Koeman is looking to sign a £9million star for a third time.