Former Chelsea coach Eddie Newton, now at Trbazonspor, is key in the Blues’ reported pursuit of goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir, according to one pundit.
Reports in recent days claimed Chelsea have struck an agreement with Trabzonspor to sign Turkey international Cakir.
Trabzonspor rate their number one stopper highly, with Liverpool also reportedly keen on the 24-year-old.
The report detailing the Blues‘ agreement claimed technical director Petr Cech had a key role to play in proceedings.
However, pundit Kevin Campbell has said otherwise. He claimed Newton, who left Chelsea for Turkey in February, may have proved equally important in feeding information about Cakir back to Stamford Bridge.
“Chelsea conceding 49 goals this season is way too much and Frank Lampard knows that,” Campbell told Sky Sports’ The Football Show. “He knows that mindset you need, especially at this level. You need to be strong, tough and better when you haven’t got the ball.
“Now, the Trabzonspor goalkeeper, I’ve actually seen him live when I went out there last year. He is a really good, young goalkeeper. He’s big, very agile and I think he would suit English football.
“Now, I think maybe Frank Lampard or [assistant coach] Jody Morris has someone in the camp over there because Eddie Newton is a coach at Trabzonspor right now.
CHELSEA ASKING FOR INFORMATION?
“So I’m sure they’ve had a little word with Eddie and asked the question, ‘What’s he like’, and I’m sure Eddie reported back to them that he’s definitely one you could sign because he’s very good.
“They’re probably hearing it from someone who knows Chelsea very well and will probably give them a glowing endorsement.”
The reported interest in Cakir comes amid speculation over Kepa Arrizabalaga’s future. The Spaniard, who signed two summers ago, has suffered an inconsistent second season with Chelsea.
In other news, Chelsea are allegedly ready to offload Jorginho in the hope of landing West Ham star Declan Rice.