Chelsea reportedly plan to convince Ligue 1 side LOSC Lille to sell goalkeeper Mike Maignan but are reportedly still facing an issue.
Goalkeeping has arguably been the biggest issue for Chelsea under Frank Lampard this season.
Sure, their defence has not been great either, but according to data from FBref, Chelsea ranked last in the Premier League in terms of goalkeeping performance (conceded about 10 goals more than expected – PSxG +/-).
To put it into perspective, Aston Villa ranked second-worst but still did considerably better with only seven goals more than expected while Arsenal had the best goalkeeping this season, conceding 10 goals fewer than expected.
Amid the clear goalkeeping problem, they have reportedly named Lille’s Maignan on top of their summer shortlist.
French outlet Le10Sport claimed that Chelsea have made the 25-year-old a priority target to succeed Kepa Arrizabalaga and been preparing to make an approach.
However, as we’ve heard multiple times from previous reports, Le10Sport also added that Chelsea must first offload Arrizabalaga which is easier said than done, particularly in the current transfer climate.
Lille have taken a preventive measure, the report added, as they are looking at Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier as a potential replacement for Maignan should the latter leaves this summer.