Chelsea are stepping up their pursuit of Nick Pope, the Burnley goalkeeper.
Frank Lampard is on the lookout for a new No.1 to replace the underperforming Kepa,
with Pope said to be one of his preferred targets.
And now the English season is over, the Blues are pushing ahead as they attempt to wrap
up a deal for Pope.
According to the Star, Pope will cost Chelsea around £50m.
Chelsea are stepping up their efforts to land Burnley keeper Nick Pope.
Blues boss Frank Lampard appears to have lost all faith in Spanish stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga – and is on the hunt for a world-class replacement between the posts.
And he sees Pope, 28, who just missed out on the Golden Glove this season after keeping 15 clean Premier League sheets in the – one less than Manchester City’s Ederson – as the best choice.
The England keeper, capped twice by Gareth Southgate, still has three years left on his contract with Burnley and will not come cheap.
But any offer of around £50m could be sufficient to force Sean Dyche’s men to consider selling their prize asset to the Londoners.
Pope is thought to be keen on a move to one of the elite English clubs at this stage of his career as he attempts to establish himself as the country’s number one stopper.
Everton keeper Pickford has remained Southgate’s regular in goal since the World Cup finals in 2018 despite some inconsistent displays at club level.
Many pundits now believe Pope a better pick for England and, certainly, playing regular Champions League football with the Blues next season would be a massive boost to his credentials.