Chelsea made an approach for Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen before completing a deal to sign Edouard Mendy last month, claims a report in Spain.
The Senegal international reportedly cost Chelsea around £22m and he has already played twice for Frank Lampard’s men.
That has shunted the error-prone Kepa Arrizabalaga on to the bench at Stamford Bridge.
Signing a new keeper to rival Kepa was a priority in the transfer window.
Kepa had failed to convince Lampard that he was worthy of the No.1 role. The Spaniard was dropped on two different occasions and replaced by Willy Caballero for a number of games.
Petr Cech is understood to have played a huge role on Chelsea landing Mendy, but he apparently was not their first choice.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Chelsea approached Ter Stegen’s representatives to try and do a deal.
Ter-Stegen’s new deal
The 28-year-old German is close to signing a new deal at Barcelona, but Chelsea officials tried to persuade him to move to London.
He has two years remaining on his Camp Nou deal and Juventus and Inter Milan are also rumoured to be keen on the player.
Marca reports that Barcelona are nearing an agreement to keep Ter Stegen on their books in Catalonia until 2025.
The Spanish outlet claim that Ter Stegen has requested a yearly salary of €18m, with Diario Sport saying a deal will be announced in the next week.
The former Monchengladbach man has been sidelined with a knee injury after undergoing surgery in August.
Neto has replaced him, but he is expected to make his return this month.