Speculation stemming from the English media today suggests that Chelsea are eyeing Burnley’s Nick Pope as a potential replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga.
One of the major talking points surrounding Chelsea in the weeks leading up to the COVID-19 outbreak had been the situation between the posts at Stamford Bridge.
Until recently, Spanish shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga had stood as the Blues’ undisputed first-choice.
Having begun to justify his hefty price-tag with a string of superb displays towards the end of the 2018/19 campaign, Kepa was expected to kick on and stake his claim as one of world football’s finest goalkeepers this season.
However, this has since proven far from the case.
The 25-year-old had, particularly over recent months, slipped into a major slump, eventually resulting in Kepa losing his place in Chelsea’s starting XI to veteran Willy Caballero.
In fact, as of January, the former Athletic Bilbao man was the owner of the worst save percentage of any Premier League goalkeeper this season.
Pope to Chelsea?
Kepa’s struggles, meanwhile, have even seen speculation begin to circulate that he could be on the move this summer.
A report from Spanish outlet El Chiringuito TV last month claimed that Chelsea had tabled an offer of €30 million, along with Kepa, to Atletico Madrid for Jan Oblak.
And, though nothing has since come of such rumours, the latest media speculation in England today would certainly appear to suggest that Frank Lampard and co. are ready to part with Kepa.
According to Teamtalk, Premier League rivals Burnley are ‘expecting’ Chelsea to swoop for English international Nick Pope this summer.
The Clarets standout has established himself as one of English football’s most highly-regarded shot-stoppers over recent seasons, with Frank Lampard said to be a huge fan of Pope’s talents.
As a result, those in charge at Turf Moor are said to be concerned that their no.1 could be lured away by the Blues over the coming months.