Chelsea are expected to spend big this summer but the Blues hadn’t anticipated the need to invest again in a goalkeeper until Frank Lampard made his views clear on Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Lampard wants to replace the Spaniard, though that is only half the battle. First Chelsea have to find a buyer daft enough to give them back a large slice of the £72million they spent on the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.
Should they find their patsy, then Chelsea are said to be keen on bringing Manuel Neuer to Stamford Bridge. The Bayern Munich keeper is a year from free agency and it seems a renewal agreement is some way off.
Bild reckons Chelsea are ready to take advantage should Neuer decide to try something new this summer, especially since Bayern have already signed Alexander Nubel from Schalke ahead of next season with succession in mind.
The prospect of signing one of the last decade’s greatest goalkeepers is a tempting one but Chelsea would do well to be wary. Neuer is 34 today – happy birthday, Manuel – and his fitness record in recent seasons has been sketchy.