Ex-Chelsea and Man City star Willy Caballero to sign for Southampton aged 40

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Southampton are on the verge of signing former Chelsea and Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero in a bid to solve their goalkeeping woes.

The Argentine has made 34 appearances in the Premier League over the course of seven seasons, often only stepping in between the sticks due to injuries elsewhere or for cup competitions.

However, Saints manager Ralph Hassenhuttl’s outburst after his side drew 1-1 with Brighton on Saturday means that the goalkeeper is now top of his shopping list.

Hassenhuttl was furious with current no.1 Alex McCarthy at full-time and as a result he has turned to the services of 40-year-old free agent Caballero.

According to The Athletic, the Saints are set to sign the former Blues shot-stopper and the deal is all but complete.

Caballero has been keeping himself match fit by training with League One side AFC Wimbledon and jumped at the opportunity to return to the Premier League with the prospect of getting some more minutes under his belt.

The Saints are currently without Fraser Forster and McCarthy due to injury which would have left academy graduate Harry Lewis to start against Arsenal next Saturday, and he hasn’t played a first-team game of football for any club since 2018.

Hassenhuttl appears reluctant to take the risk and throw the 23-year-old in at the deep end at the Emirates Stadium.

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But the Austrian coach certainly didn’t hesitate to throw McCarthy under the bus at full time as his side drew their seventh game of the season.

Despite sustaining an injury, the English goalkeeper did not inform his manager about the severity of the problem and thus was not substituted.


However, after finding out just how bad McCarthy’s hamstring problem was, Hassenhuttl said: “This is why we couldn’t play out (from the back) in the second half, but I didn’t know how tough it was (the injury).

“I thought he only couldn’t play the long ball, so I kept him in goal. If I would do it again, I would change it. But I couldn’t because I didn’t have the message.

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“This is something we cannot accept. There must be a message, and then we can make a change. I still had one change in hand, and I can change the goalkeeper if necessary. Alex must be more professional, and this is what I missed today.”

Brighton equalised against the Saints in the 98th minute when Neal Maupay converted from close range following a tame effort from Jakub Moder which he managed to control and fire into the back of the net.

It remains to be seen how much of an impact Caballero can make on his return to the English top-flight, or whether Hassenhuttl rewards Lewis’ faith in the club with a start at the weekend.

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