According to transfer expert Ian McGarry, Chelsea want to sign a new goalkeeper in the next window to compete with Kepa Arrizabalaga for the number one spot at the club.
Manchester United are set to welcome Dean Henderson back from his loan at Sheffield United at the end of the season, with the 23-year-old set to compete with David de Gea for the starting spot at Old Trafford.
“The thinking at Chelsea, my understanding is that they have decided, or at least they have agreed, that it is going to be very difficult to dispose of Kepa permanently due to not just trying to recoup some of the excess of £70m they paid for him but also his very high wages, he is one of the highest earners currently at the club,” McGarry said on the Transfer Window podcast, according to Daily Express.
“So instead they feel as if they’re in a sort of David de Gea-type catch 22 that Manchester United find themselves in.
“Manchester United of course have the advantage of being able to recall Dean Henderson from Sheffield United and put pressure on De Gea.
“Chelsea have decided to probably go down the same route as United but they will have to recruit from outside.
“Mike Maignan, the Lille goalkeeper, is someone that they are interested in, as well as the Ajax keeper Onana.
“It looks like they are going to pursue one of those to sign this summer in order to put pressure on Kepa with the idea that ‘well, either you up your game or you’re replaced in goal and you sit on the bench.
“Now, it’s quite a high-risk strategy when you talk about a player who’s earning just under £200,000 a week but if that’s what it takes, then that’s what Chelsea are prepared to do.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea have reportedly reached an agreement with Trabzonspor for the transfer of goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir.