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Begović set to start, but Chelsea just a ‘step away’ from replacing him with Sevilla backup

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Four days left to make a deal this January

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Chelsea and Conte are being quite transparent with the whole Begović situation, but the fact remains that he’s a Chelsea player who’s expected to start on Saturday in the FA Cup and then hopefully stay until the summer.

“For sure there is this Begovic situation, that Bournemouth asked for him. But Begovic is Chelsea's player and I'm very happy to have him stay in the squad. I'm very happy with his commitment, his behaviour on and off the pitch.”

"He's also very important in the changing room for me. Only if we have a good substitution [replacement] can he go. Otherwise he stays here."

"Yes, Begovic starts [vs. Brentford]. He is a Chelsea player. It's important to understand this. Begovic, for me, stays. It's important the players understand me and the club.

"We are open to helping him if there is the opportunity to replace him in the best way. If it's not possible, Begovic stays with us until the end of the season. Then we'll evaluate his situation right away [in the summer]."

-Antonio Conte; source: ESPN

Any other outcome right now needlessly complicates things, with very few backup goalkeepers available on the market. Most of the choices we’ve heard so far were either not quite confidence-inducing or realistic or both, but TuttoMercatoWeb of all places has floated a new name who actually could make sense.

The 30-year-old Salvatore Sirigu, with whom we’re well familiar from our repeated Champions League match-ups against Paris Saint-Germain over recent seasons has been spending this season on loan at Sevilla after dropping behind Kevin Trapp and Alphonse Areola in the pecking order. But he’s made just three starts all season and wasn’t even on the bench in their last two league games (David Soria was instead, with Sergio Rico continuing to start). While Sirigu would no doubt want to be a starter (thus his link earlier with Anderlecht, while Napoli and Nice have also been in the picture), perhaps he could be convinced to join up with his former national team coach at Chelsea. There’s definitely an angle here that could make this work.

So that’s something to keep in mind for now, and perhaps even for the summer or whenever Begović does move on. For now, the Chelsea backup will have to concentrate on stopping the visitors from the Championship who will be looking to cause an upset.