As per the Daily Mirror, Chelsea have been encouraged in their race for Newcastle United shot-stopper Karl Darlow after the Magpies hinted he could be available in the summer.
Chelsea enquired about the 26-year-old Darlow in the January transfer window as they attempted to smooth the way for their No.2 goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to leave Stamford Bridge.
Newcastle have rejected Chelsea’s advances, but did not close the door on a summer move at the end of the campaign.
Antonio Conte’s side need a new backup for Thibaut Courtois after Asmir Begovic informed the club he wants to leave the club that can offer him first-team action.
Karl Darlow is the current first-choice goalkeeper at Newcastle and is helping his side chase down automatic promotion in the Championship.
The St James’ Park’s side are desperate to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking and are top of the table after defeating Derby 1-0 last Saturday.
Darlow has been the Magpies first-choice goalkeeper since September, but is not considered the long-term No.1 at the club.
Recent reports from The Mirror claim that Chelsea are preparing a £8m deal for Darlow and are confident they can convince Newcastle to sell.