Four goalkeeper's Chelsea could sign to replace Kepa if he leaves, including two-time FA Cup winner - TCC View
Chelsea’s squad is due to look rather different once the new campaign kicks off.
As with every summer window, new faces will walk through Cobham’s front doors, whilst others head in the opposite direction.
The transfer market hasn’t even officially opened yet and already there’s been movement from inside the club’s walls.
Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen or off to Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, potentially joined on the same plane to Spain by Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta.
All this, and we are not even in June!
Plenty more activity is expected to happen once the bazaar for buying and selling starts up properly.
Numerous Chelsea players are at risk of facing the chop, including Kepa Arrizabalaga, who is expected to leave, permitted a suitable offer is slipped through the letterbox.
If the Spaniard does set sail into the sunset, Thomas Tuchel will need another goalkeeper to fill his gloves.
To help out Tuchel’s search, we have picked four possible back-ups for Edouard Mendy who could be recruited.
If Chelsea’s car boot sale is going to be big, just imagine what Burnely’s has in store.
Following relegation to the Championship, the Clarets will potentially have to sell several of their key stars in order to balance the books.
Arguably their most important asset is Nick Pope, who ensured the team’s Premier League goal difference remained at a respectable level.
He is very much a ‘keeper who belongs in the top flight, having made 141 appearances there already.
Last season, only three others made more saves than the England international (121).
Whilst Pope is used to being the number one, having the chance to represent a powerhouse like Chelsea might be too difficult to refuse.
However, the Blues may have a fight on their hands, with West Ham United apparently keen to sign Burnley’s shot-stopper.
Alphonse Areola / Lukasz Fabianski
If West Ham manage to pinch Pope, then one of their current gloved guardians might fall down the pecking order.
At the moment, Lukasz Fabianski ranks first, but he is out of contract next month.
Whilst the 37-year-old has been an excellent servant for the Hammers, they could look for someone younger to take the mitts.
Alphonse Areola will certainly hope this title is awarded to him, after playing second-fiddle to Fabianski throughout the term.
Yet, if the Pole is offered a new deal, alongside Pope’s possible arrival, Areola would be excused for wanting a change of scenery.
He wouldn’t have to go far if he joined Chelsea, an area he knows well from his days at Fulham.
The Frenchman played all of the Hammers’ Europa League journey, so has pedigree in the continental competitions.
Alternatively, Fabianski might not be awarded/ accept an extension, making him a very likable free agent.
Another man clued up on London life, Chelsea supporters will best remember David Ospina from his days at Arsenal.
He won two FA Cups and made 70 appearances as a Gunner before joining Napoli in 2019.
Ospina has since battled to become the main pick between the sticks, with his minutes largely spread out.
Like Fabianski, the Columbian’s contract runs out next month, leaving him open to becoming a free agent as well.
Whilst his Arsenal connections might offend some, he certainly wouldn’t be the worst option in the world for Tuchel.