Three players Chelsea should target to challenge Kepa Arrizabalaga
Kepa Arrizabalaga has struggled at times this season for Chelsea and some fans are not satisfied with his recent performances. It would arguably be reactionary to replace him, but here are three players Chelsea could sign to challenge Kepa for the no.1 shirt.
Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana has established himself as a top European goalkeeper in recent years. He was a key part of his sides run to the Champions League semi-finals last season.
Onana came through the infamous La Masia academy in Barcelona before moving to Ajax in 2015. As reported by the BBC, the Cameroon international has recently signed a new contract that keeps him at the Dutch giants until 2022. Onana has revealed that he is open to playing in the Premier League.
Alban Lafont made over 100 appearances for Toulouse from 2014 to 2018 and was named by the CIES Football Observatory as the world’s second-most promising footballer under the age of 20. This was ahead of Golden Boy winner Kylian Mbappe.
The following summer, Lafont joined Fiorentina and played 34 times for the Italian side. After falling out of favor, he has since moved on loan to French club Nantes, where he has kept six clean sheets in 15 games this season.
Fiorentina may look to cash in on Lafont when his loan deal ends. That may be an ideal time for Chelsea to pounce.
After moving to AFC Bournemouth from Sheffield United in 2017 for a fee of £1m, Aaron Ramsdale spent time on loan at lower league clubs Chesterfield and AFC Wimbledon.
The 21-year-old particularly impressed in the latter of these two loan deals, winning Wimbledon’s Young Player of the Season award.
He is now Bournemouth’s number one, making 14 appearances so far this season for The Cherries. Ramsdale signed a new deal in October however and would likely prove difficult to prize away from Bournemouth with no assurances of a first-team place.