Chelsea are ready to launch an offer for Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan. A new stopper is high on the agenda for Frank Lampard as a result of Kepa Arrizabalaga’s wretched campaign between the sticks.
Chelsea have already signed Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner while Kai Havertz is on the way so attention is now turning to improving the backline.
A string of goalkeepers have been linked including Ajax ace Andre Onana, Barcelona star Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid but a fourth name is emerging from the pack.
Reports in France claim Chelsea have set their sights on Maignan, who has established himself as one of Ligue 1’s top stoppers, conceding only 27 goals in 28 appearances this season.
According to Le 10 Sport, Blues bigwig Marina Granovskaia is ready to launch an offer and will hit the trigger once Arrizabalaga is sold.
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The world’s most-expensive goalkeeper needs to be shipped out before a replacement can be signed.
Chelsea are not the only Premier League outfit looking at Maignan, however.
Le 10 Sport claim Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is a fan and is considering the 25-year-old as a potential replacement for Hugo Lloris.
Maignan has two years left on his contract with Lille, who look set to lose promising defender Gabriel Magalhaes to the Premier League, with Everton and Manchester United interested.
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Arrizabalaga looks set to depart Chelsea after being dropped by Lampard for last Sunday’s Premier League final-day clash against Wolves.
It was a crucial match for the Blues, with their Champions League hopes on the line, so it was a major call from Lampard to axe the Spaniard from his team for the second time this season.
Arrizabalaga spent all of February on the bench as Willy Caballero was given the gloves.
Caballero was between the sticks for the 2-0 win against Wolves and is expected to continue in today’s FA Cup final against Arsenal.
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