By Dominic Toner
Chelsea are preparing to make a second bid for Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim that the Premier League giants are poised to return for the 34-year-old after an initial £3million bid was rejected.
It is understood that Gordon is set for crunch talks on Friday about his future as he is intrigued by the offer from Chelsea and would be interested in at least talking to them.
The report details that Celtic made it clear that the shot stopper is not for sale, but the Blues are refusing to take no for an answer.
Chelsea are searching for a number two option to Thibaut Courtois as Asmir Begovic is poised to join Bournemouth in a £10million deal.
Gordon has established himself as Celtic’s number one this season and has been an important player under manager Brendan Rodgers.
The veteran goalkeeper is also still involved in the Scotland national team and has 46 international caps, including playing in the 3-0 defeat to England during the World Cup qualifier in November.
He has been in great form for the Bhoys this season, keeping 18 clean sheets in 34 matches across all competitions.
Celtic have summer signing Dorus de Vries and Logan Bailly in their goalkeeper ranks, but neither are considered good enough to take the number one spot over from Gordon.
Football Insider verdict:
It’s no surprise that Gordon’s head has been turned by interest from Chelsea and he may fancy one more chance in the Premier League. A move to Stamford Bridge to work with some world-class players is an offer hard to refuse, even though he will certainly play a number two role behind Courtois. Celtic would need an immediate replacement if they were to allow Gordon’s departure, but there are question makes over their current options, which makes a January deal unlikely. The Bhoys should consider a young goalkeeper for the future as Gordon will not be a long-term solution regardless of whether he leaves for Chelsea or not.
In other Celtic transfer news, the club’s chiefs are prepared to sanction an attacker deal.