Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has turned his attention to out-of-favour Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes in an effort to resolve the current crisis that the Blues are facing on the defensive front.
The Premier League champions have had one of the worst starts in the league in many years as they lost back-to-back games this season and have notched just four points from five games, with just one win to brag about.
The Blues have conceded 12 goals from their five games this season. Their recent defeat came at the hands of Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Also, with Thibaut Courtois out for at least three months owing to a knee injury and Asmir Begovic conceding as many as six goals in his two Premier League starts for Mourinho's side this season, the issues facing Chelsea are many.
According to Italian media outlet Calciomercato and other reports in the British and Spanish media, the Portuguese manager is looking for an emergency loan for ex-Barcelona star Victor Valdes to sort out the present crisis.
Valdes had a huge fallout with Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal at the start of the new season, with the Dutchman vehemently criticising the Spaniard's attitude and not including him for the club's pre-season tour this summer. Not only that, Van Gaal also asked Valdes to find a new destination as he was not going to be a part of his plans with the team in the main season.
So far, Valdes has not been part of any game for United, neither in the starting line-up nor in the substitutes' bench. And it can be believed that the player might be keen on moving for a different adventure since there is not much scope left for him to don the United colours again.
For Chelsea, Jamal Blackman remains the only goalkeeper available, apart from Begovic, to appear for Chelsea now. While Begovic looks more likely to start the remainder of the games for Mourinho's side until Courtois takes to the field again, it is highly unlikely that the Portuguese would be pleased with the former Stoke City custodian's performance so far.
Even the 21-year-old Blackman's experience to don the Chelsea senior team jersey is debatable, with the club facing a forgettable start in the Premier League.
The six-time La Liga winner with Barcelona appears the solution that Chelsea need at the moment.