Report: Chelsea lining up Nick Pope as potential Kepa replacement
Chelsea are reportedly lining up Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope as a replacement for the struggling Kepa Arrizabalaga. 90min has claimed that those at Stamford Bridge are losing their patience with the Spanish goalkeeper and see Pope as the ideal replacement.
Kepa, who is currently earning £150,000-a-week at Chelsea (Spotrac), has come in for some serious criticism this season. He has the lowest save percentage of any goalkeeper in the Premier League. Considering he is the most expensive goalkeeper of all time, that is simply not good enough.
The 25-year-old was arguably at fault for another goal against Arsenal on Tuesday night. He was slow to get across his goal and was unable to stop Hector Bellerin’s curling left-footed shot.
It now seems that the Blues are ready to let go of their record signing and replace him with a more reliable option. Kepa cost the club £71 million from Athletic Bilbao (BBC) in 2018 but may now be ready to cut their losses and start again.
Nick Pope has been sublime for Burnley in recent times and is deserving of a move to a top club. He is in with a shout for the England national side’s number one spot and is proving to be a brilliant goalkeeper. The 27-year-old’s market value is likely to be a lot lower than Kepa’s, so Chelsea could save some money with this deal.
This money could then be used to strengthen Lampard’s side in other areas in the summer. The Blues are lacking a cutting edge in attack and desperately need some back-up to Tammy Abraham.