Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich thinks the club must part company with current number one Kepa Arrizabalaga.
It has been a turbulent season for Kepa, who has been dropped by Frank Lampard on more than one occasion. He was left on the bench for their FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal.
When he joined Chelsea two years ago, he became the most expensive goalkeeper in history. But Kepa has made some errors this season, conceding more goals than any other keeper in the top six.
And Bosnich – who wore the gloves for Chelsea in seven games in the early 2000s – thinks the best solution for all concerned is to find a new club for the Spaniard.
Bosnich told Sky Sports: “There’s been quite a few signs, you have to say, over quite some time now, over a period of months.
“He [Lampard] obviously, him and Kepa don’t see eye to eye for whatever reason that may be. And he’s out on the lookout for a new goalkeeper.
“There may be a problem in terms of the fact of how much money Chelsea have spent on the goalkeeper. You never know, Frank may be told from upstairs: ‘No, we’re going to stick with him and this is the way it is.’
“And there’s also that outside chance as well that the player, regardless of the fact that he’s not playing, might turn around – he’ll obviously be on very big wages – [and] say, ‘Well I’m staying here.’
“And then you’ve got that situation where the world’s most expensive goalkeeper’s sat on the bench.
“So I think that after what’s gone on, and watching it from afar, I think the amicable thing for both sides will be to make sure that Kepa gets sold and goes to another club, and Chelsea move on and get somebody else.”
CHELSEA KEEN ON NICK POPE
That somebody else may be Nick Pope, after reports indicated the Burnley man was a top target for Chelsea.
Pope has put himself in contention to be England’s number one thanks to his fine form this season. The Clarets keeper fell narrowly short of winning the Golden Glove.
Reports over the weekend suggested that Chelsea will focus their attention on Pope in their search for a new keeper. Burnley are keen to keep him, but Pope would consider a move to London.
The former Charlton keeper could cost in the region of £50m. Kepa cost over £20m more than that amount.