Kepa out, Germany legend in at Chelsea, claims reputable transfer source

Date published: Friday 27th March 2020 11:15 - Matthew Briggs

Chelsea are interested in Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, according to a report in Germany.

The reliable Sport Bild outlet report that Frank Lampard is keen on the Germany goalkeeper as a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Lampard is understood to be open to selling the Spanish number one, who was a £71m signing from Athletic Bilbao in August 2018 – the most expensive goalkeeper in history.

Kepa has the worst save percentage in the Premier League and he wasn’t selected by Lampard for four games in February when Willy Caballero was preferred.

Kepa though returned against Liverpool in the FA Cup and played in Chelsea’s last match – the 4-0 win over Everton.

“I don’t want to get political it is just a choice,” Lampard said, when asked about his decision to drop the Spain man.

“I’ve said all season that I’ve got two competitive goalkeepers in terms of Willy and himself.

“It is an opportunity to play his best – I always go on training and performances.”

Meanwhile, Neuer has emerged as an option for the west London club, with the 34-year-old’s contract up in 2021. Neuer has delayed signing a new contract with Bayern and cannot agree terms with the Bundesliga champions.

The former Schalke no.1 wants a long-term deal, but the Bavarian giants are not willing to meet his demands and a potential transfer away looks more and more likely each month.

 

 

 

Bayern have of course signed Schalke’s Alexander Nubel, who will join on a free transfer in July.

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