Duncan Castles thinks there could be a potential conflict between Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia and manager Frank Lampard over the goalkeeper situation.
Chelsea have been linked with a number of shot-stoppers ahead of the summer transfer window.
While Willy Caballero, whose contract expires this summer, would mean Lampard will need another goalkeeper, the Blues are reportedly not searching for a back-up stopper but a replacement for their number one Kepa Arrizabalaga.
One name mentioned on Chelsea’s shortlist is Ajax’s Andre Onana (Goal).
But transfer expert Castles claimed Chelsea would need to offload Kepa in order to sign the Ajax man, which he believes would not sit well with club director Granovskaia.
Potential conflict regarding goalkeeper transfer decision
Speaking on the Transfer Window podcast, Castles said: “Chelsea would have to sell Kepa, Tottenham would have to let their goalkeeper go, Barcelona would have to sell [Marc Andre] Ter Stegen.
“That’s in none of those teams’ plans, they’re not actively trying to move their goalkeeper on, with the exception you could argue of Chelsea where you have Frank Lampard who hasn’t got faith in Kepa and I think would be open to letting Kepa go if a buyer can be taken.
“But that is a potential point of conflict with Marina Granovskaia, who of course sanctioned what remains a record transfer fee for a goalkeeper when they brought Kepa in as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois and would not like to be seen to take a big loss on the player.”
Kepa has held the record for Chelsea’s biggest transfer since his £71.5million move from Athletic Bilbao in 2018.
The Spain international’s underwhelming performances this season, which led to Lampard’s decision to bench him for six consecutive games in February, along with the current financial situation, means Chelsea would likely have to take a massive loss if they decide to sell him.
Castles also said Onana, who still has two years on his contract with Ajax, is “pretty relaxed” and in “no rush” to leave.
“Obviously by next summer the kind of fee that Ajax would be able to request for the player would be even further diminished, which would allow Onana to secure a bigger salary wherever he goes to,” he added.