Burnley could face a battle to keep hold of first-choice goalkeeper Nick Pope this summer, with one of London’s biggest clubs eyeing up the England international.
A report by 90min.com revealed that Chelsea, currently the highest-placed team from the capital, are running background checks on the 28-year-old with an eye to potentially making a summer move for him.
According to 90min.com, Blues manager Frank Lampard is unconvinced by Kepa Arrizabalaga and has included the Clarets ‘keeper among several potential replacements for the Spaniard at Stamford Bridge.
It is little wonder that Pope, valued at £8.55m by TransferMarkt, has attracted transfer interest from a Champions League-chasing club such as Chelsea, given the goalkeeper’s tremendous performances in the Premier League this season.
He is currently in line for the division’s Golden Glove award, tied with Manchester City’s Ederson on 15 clean sheets, and will at least share the prize if he can keep Brighton at bay on Sunday.
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It is not just in terms of clean sheets that the 28-year-old has impressed in 2019/20, either – he has made the fourth-most saves of any Premier League goalkeeper with 118, an average of 3.1 per game. Those figures have earned him the trust of Sean Dyche as an indispensable player, as he is just 90 minutes away from completing a full league season for Burnley.
He is a player who, even aside from his excellent statistics, the Clarets simply cannot afford to lose. The only other goalkeepers in their senior squad are Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Lukas Jensen, neither of whom have made a single first team appearance at Burnley.
Even though Chelsea have yet to submit an offer for Pope, it would be naive from Burnley not to expect some degree of interest in their goalkeeper considering the season he has had.
The Clarets could be in for a challenging few weeks as they seek to ward off interest in one of Dyche’s first team stalwarts and it is up to them to convince the 28-year-old that the grass may not necessarily be greener elsewhere.
Otherwise, the Turf Moor faithful best hope that the club are at least working on a contingency plan to at least have a capable replacement lined up if they aren’t able to hang on to Pope.
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