Chelsea have reportedly looked at three options as a potential replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga, as Frank Lampard has reportedly lost confidence in the goalkeeper.
The manager made a bold decision by starting 39 years old Willy Caballero ahead of the Spain international for the final game of the Premier League season against Wolves.
It paid off, however, as the Argentinian kept a clean-sheet in Chelsea’s comfortable 2-0 win on Sunday.
The Telegraph said there has been no fall-out between Lampard and the goalkeeper, but there appears to be “a growing mutual acceptance” that he needs to regain his confidence and find his best form elsewhere.
However, recouping most of the £72million they paid to Athletic Bilbao is practically impossible in the current market.
The report said Chelsea have a few options; finding a buyer at a reduced price or sending him on a long-term loan but they will have to pay a portion of his wages.
There is a third option, which is to keep Kepa beyond this summer, as a back-up to the potential incoming goalkeeper, but it would almost certainly reduce his value even further.
The report from ESPN claimed Chelsea have had their eyes on three goalkeepers as a potential target; Ajax’s Andre Onana, Manchester United’s Dean Henderson (on loan at Sheffield United), and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.
Chelsea would certainly have to dig deep into their pockets to have any chance of landing Henderson or Oblak, with the latter having a €120m (£109.5m) release clause in his contract.
Onana would be the cheapest option of the three, but he doesn’t have the Premier League experience Henderson has or Oblak’s big profile.
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