Chelsea are reportedly keen on bringing Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurkan Cakir to Stamford Bridge as a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Turkish outlet Fotospor claimed Liverpool have shown an interest in signing the goalkeeper, with Chelsea entering the scene after Trabzonspor faced Fenerbahce in the Turkish Cup.

The report also said Chelsea have constantly been receiving information about the 23-year-old from former player and assistant manager Eddie Newton who is now at the Turkish club.

Trabzonspor president Ahmet Agaoglu has made a reference to the goalkeeper valuation.

He said: “In my opinion, Ugurcan Cakir is one of the three best goalkeepers in Europe and a huge prospect for Turkish football.

“We want €20-25 million, it could be as high as €30m for him but of course we also hope he stays.”

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Compared to the record-breaking £72m Chelsea spent to sign Kepa in 2018, Cakir can provide the competition for the role between the sticks (if Chelsea decide to keep Kepa) for a fairly cheap price in today’s market.

Kepa had recently fallen out in the pecking order at Chelsea with Willy Caballero taking the number one spot for six consecutive games prior to Kepa’s heroics at Chelsea’s FA Cup victory over Liverpool.

The Spanish international has the worst save percentage (55.56%) of any Premier League goalkeeper this season, ranked 127th out of 132 goalkeepers in Europe’s top five leagues.

Kepa has made an underwhelming 40 saves from 24 appearances in the Premier League. In comparison, Cakir has 77 saves from 22 appearances.

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