Chelsea 'interested' in Neuer as potental replacement for under-fire Kepa

Chelsea are said to be ‘interested’ in an ambitious move to sign Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer as the club seek a replacement for the under-fire Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Frank Lampard is currently assessing his goalkeeping options ahead of the summer transfer window following a disappointing season for Spanish international Kepa, the 25-year-old having been strongly criticised after a series of below-par performances.

Lampard dropped the former Athletic Bilbao shot-stopper from his side earlier this season in favour of veteran deputy Willy Caballero, and the Blues’ boss now appears to be searching for a permanent replacement.

According to German publication, Bild, Chelsea are interested in a deal to sign experienced Bayern goalkeeper Neuer, the Germany international long regarded amongst the finest number ones in world football.

The ‘keeper, who turns 34 today, is contracted to the Bundesliga champions until the summer of 2021, though talks over a new deal have stalled at present with the two parties failing to agree on the length of a potential extension.

Bayern will also welcome Schalke goalkeeper Alexander Nübel to the club in the summer, having agreed a deal to sign the 23-year-old from their divisional rivals on a free transfer, whilst there have also been tentative links with Barcelona’s Marc-André ter Stegen.

Chelsea could now look to capitalise and secure a move for one of Europe’s leading goalkeepers, though any move is likely to depend on their ability to sell Kepa – a player who became the most expensive goalkeeper when arriving from Athletic Bilbao two years ago.

The west London side will want to recoup as much of the £71.6m fee as possible in order for Kepa to depart, though the Spaniard’s stock is arguably at its lowest following a campaign in which he has registered the lowest save percentage amongst all regular top flight goalkeepers.

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