Goalkeeping Shake-Up At Three Of Europe’s Elite

The transfer window is edging closer, and with the outbreak of the Coronavirus wreaking havoc with the sporting calendar, many of the clubs are already looking at potential avenues that they can strengthen their team when the transfer period begins. Three of the biggest clubs around the globe have pin-pointed the goalkeeping position, and there could be a three-way deal to ensure that every club gets the player that they want.

At present, the transfer window will open on the 10th June, but there have already been calls for this date to be pushed back so that clubs can conclude their seasons before bringing in new players. FIFA have not yet made an official ruling on the dates of the transfer window, which means new signings could be set to make their bow at the tail-end of the 2019-20 season.

Chelsea Eyeing German International

Frank Lampard’s patience with Kepa Arrizabalaga has been weighing thinner and thinner as the season has progressed. Lampard dropped the world’s most expensive goalkeeper just before the postponement of the Premier League, with Willy Caballero brought into to replace him. However, club’s have seen over the past couple of years how a goalkeeper can have a profound effect on a team’s chances, and that will mean bringing in a new goalkeeper will be vital for Lampard over the summer.

Chelsea have been heavily linked with bringing in Bayern Munich stopper Manuel Neuer. The experienced goalkeeper could be on his way out of Bayern over the summer, as the German giants instead look to be put their emphasis on youth. The Blues could reap the benefits of that, as they could pick up the 34-year-old at a cut price. However, Chelsea will also need to get Arrizabalaga off their wage bill.

Barcelona Willing To Take Spaniard

Bayern could look to replace the German goalkeeper with his compatriot Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Barcelona are listening to offers for their number one, as they look to freshen up their squad before the start of the 2020-21 season. The goalkeeper has been consistently the best stopper in La Liga, and the Spanish giants will be expecting a figure in the region of £90 million. The vast majority of that money would then be used to put towards their approach for Chelsea’s stopper.

Arrizabalaga has only been in the Premier League for two years. During that time, he became Spain’s number one, before subsequently losing the spot back to David De Gea after a poor run of form. He infuriated Maurizio Sarri during the League Cup final last season by refusing to leave the pitch when substituted and has made a number of errors this season that has cost the Blues valuable points. Lampard is clearly not a fan, and would likely be happy to send him back to Spain for a shorter price than the £71.6 million that the club paid for the Spaniard two years ago.