Chelsea to up bid for Ruddy as Mikel exit draws closer

Chelsea are ready to up the ante in their pursuit of a back up keeper by making an improved offer for John Ruddy.

The 26 year old England International is Jose Mourinho’s number one choice to replace Ross Turnbull with the club prepared to offer Norwich £6 million for the stopper.

Chelsea have already had a bid of £5 million turned by Chris Hughton but with the club keen to sign an Englishman and in turn maintain their home grown quota they are set to return with the new offer.

Mourinho is keen to add an experienced keeper to the ranks as a first team ready alternative to current number 1 Petr Cech and has identified Ruddy as his primary target.

Jack Butland was targeted by the club the pre-Mourinho era, in the January window but the former Birmingham youngster opted instead for Stoke City leaving the club to turn to the Norwich star.

The club have one of Europe’s top goal keepers on their books in the shape of Belgian starlet Thibaut Courtis but the 21 year old is once again set to spend next season on loan with Atletico Madrid while third choice Hilario is out of contract this summer although it is believed that the 38 year old will remain at the club.

Meanwhile John Obi Mikel could be set to leave Stamford Bridge with the player revealing that there is a possibility he could move on. Speaking to Sky Sports, the Nigerian International said “I have a four-year contract with Chelsea, but you know, in football you can never guess, one day you are here, the next day you might leave.”

A move to Galatasaray has gathered pace in recent days with the Turkish sides’ president, Unal Aysal telling Sabah “We are interested in Mikel, and negotiations are under way,”

With Chelsea believed to be interested in a move for Daniele de Rossi and Marco van Ginkel already signed up, the 26 year old Mikel could find his place under threat next season and that has prompted the player to contemplate his future.

A move to Galatasaray would see Mikel link up with former team-mate Didier Drogba.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.