Chelsea look to Dortmund as new £15m Kepa replacement plan emerges

Chelsea are interested in a cut-price, £15million move for Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki, according to reports.

The Blues made Kepa Arrizabalaga the world’s most expensive goalkeeper by signing the then-Athletic Bilbao stopper for £71million two summers ago.

After a solid first season, however, reports have continued to state that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is unconvinced by the Spaniard, having dropped him earlier in the season.

As such, Ajax’s Andre Onana is among those touted to replace Kepa but, according to The Sun, Chelsea have identified a cheaper option in Dortmund’s first-choice goalkeeper Burki.

The 29-year-old has played 202 games for the Bundesliga side since his move from Freiburg in 2015, keeping 10 clean sheets in 33 league games this term.

However, the Switzerland international is approaching the final year of his contract and the newspaper claims that Chelsea are therefore aware that Burki will be available for £15million.

The goalkeeper is said to be keen on a move to the Premier League, with Lampard reportedly keen to resolve the situation between the sticks at Stamford Bridge.

Kepa, who had started all of Chelsea’s Premier League games this season until the middle of January, then lost his place to Willy Caballero.

Kepa was, however, brought back in for the Blues’ FA Cup win over Liverpool and the 4-0 win over Everton, the club’s last game before the Premier League’s extended break.

Chelsea have already begun to make decisions on their goalkeeping situation, with Caballero being handed a one-year extension earlier this month.

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