Chelsea manager Frank Lampard “wants” his club to sign Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, according to the Daily Star.
After omitting Kepa Arrizabalaga once again from the starting line up for the FA Cup final, Lampard is keen on the Blues landing a new number one. The Daily Star reports that his “first choice” is Pope, who has been in excellent form for the Clarets this season, having kept 15 clean sheets in the Premier League.
However, Sean Dyche’s side are likely to demand a sizeable sum for the 28-year-old, with the keeper believed to have a £50m asking price.That would be a steep figure, considering the likes of Ajax’s Andre Onana are available for around €30m (£27m) this summer.
Pope is thought to be interested in a move to Stamford Bridge and Chelsea are particularly keen to sign a new keeper especially after the disappointing loss to Arsenal in the FA Cup final where Willy Caballero started for the Blues as £71.6million record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga was left on the bench. Caballero is 38 years old and he may be good for a few more seasons particularly as a back-up but is clearly not a long term option while the 25 year old Kepa is not looking like he is in Frank Lampard’s future plans.
The performance of Kepa against Liverpool in Chelsea’s 2nd last Premier League game where he let in 5 goals may have sealed the Spaniard’s fate with the Blues reportedly ready to listen to offers around £50million as they are prepared to accept a significant loss on the player to remedy their goalkeeping position.
Nick Pope may have to be patient with Chelsea currently focused on sealing a deal for Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz but the 28 year old England international may well have pushed himself into being the England number one following his awesome season as Burnley’s first choice. Again Pope managed a mightily impressive 15 clean sheets as he assumed the title of first choice goalkeeper following Tom Heaton’s departure for Aston Villa and only missed out on the golden glove by 1 to Ederson of Man City.