Chelsea targeting £27m Kepa Arrizabalaga replacement


Chelsea targeting £27m Kepa Arrizabalaga replacement

Chelsea are reportedly looking at alternatives to replacing Kepa Arrizabalaga, with Burnley wanting £50 million for Nick Pope.


According to reports, Frank Lampard might have just found his man to lead the side between the sticks, with the Blues scouting Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan.


The 25-year-old would cost Chelsea around £27m, with the French goalkeeper impressing for Lille during the last three seasons, even helping the club to finish 2nd and 4th in the last two seasons.


During the latter stages of the season, Lampard had completely lost all faith in Kepa, dropping him and starting backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero in his place.


Throughout the season, Kepa managed just eight clean sheets in 33 Premier League games, also having the worst save percentage for a goalkeeper in the whole league.


On the other hand, Maignan managed 12 clean sheets in just 28 Ligue 1 games, after football in France was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Kepa cost a club record £71m from Athletic Bilbao in 2018, and has failed to adapt to the intensity of the Premier League.