Chelsea’s recruitment staff have been instructed to search for a new goalkeeper ahead of the 2020/21 season.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is debating replacing £72million signing Kepa Arrizabalaga as his first choice goalkeeper for next season. The Blues have struggled to keep clean sheets so far this season and doubts over their No. 1 have now emerged.
Bleacher Report have claimed that sources close to Chelsea’s managerial staff have revealed that Lampard has instructed his staff to be on the lookout for players in that particular position ahead of the summer transfer window.
Arrizabalaga, 25, had an impressive debut season under Maurizio Sarri last time out but has struggled since Lampard joined in the summer.
His actions during last season’s League Cup final defeat to Manchester City also annoyed supporters, but this new development could force him out of the club for good.
The former England midfielder did come out in support of his stopper last month after he was criticised for letting a Daniel Wass cross find the back of the net in the home draw with Valencia in the Champions League.
He said: ”It was certainly a fluke. He didn’t mean to score and that makes it more difficult for the goalkeeper because they don’t expect to go off the far top corner.
“The cross came in too high for him. I know there might be the feeling he pulled his hands away, I’m not sure he would have got there anyway.
“I will have to look at it again, and Kepa will be the best one because he’s very honest with himself, and if he feels he could have got it, then I’m sure he would say that.
But we can’t look away from the penalty save. It wasn’t just a standard penalty save, it was a fantastic one.
“That’s what top keepers do to save you points.”
Arrizabalaga has also praised his current manager which suggests they have a good relationship, with the former Athletic Bilbao man happy working under Lampard.
He told SNTV: He is a coach that was, and he is a legend in the club.
“He was a very important player during his football career.
“Now he is in his second year as a coach but he is sharing all his experience.
“Everything he knows about football, and everything he has lived, gave to Chelsea.
“The titles he won with them like the Champions League, the Premier League and all the possible trophies.
“I am very lucky to have him as a coach.”