Chelsea are hoping to strengthen their options in goal ahead of next season and have made Nick Pope their top priority.
After talks of the Blues swooping for Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak quietened down, the Daily Star claimed that Frank Lampard has viewed Burnley’s number one as the best replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Chelsea manager highlighted his defence as an area of concern after admitting that he had lost faith in the Spaniard’s ability to perform between the sticks. However, bringing Pope to Stamford Bridge will take a “very lucrative” offer, according to Paul Robinson.
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“He has proved that he is a top-class goalkeeper this year,” the former Spurs shot-stopper told Football Insider. “It will be interesting to see if Burnley would let him go because Joe Hart has left so they would only have Bailey Peacock-Farrell who has not played this year.”
Pope is currently valued at just £10.8m but his official asking price will likely be lot higher following his impressive 2019/20 season with the Clarets. The 28-year-old kept the second-most clean sheets this campaign (15), behind only Golden Glove winner Ederson with 16. Pope also had the fourth highest save record for the term with 120 (via Premier League).
This kind of confidence is something from which Chelsea could really benefit in the upcoming season, but they must be prepared to table a hefty offer for Burnley’s last line of defence.
“It would have to be a very lucrative deal for Burnley to think about letting him go because he has been so key for them this year,” Robinson continued. “But you can see why the big teams are looking at him. His shot-stopping is outstanding and his presence in the box is a huge asset.”
Roman Abramovich has reportedly set a £120m summer budget for the club, on top of what has already been spent on Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner. With Chelsea also looking to offload several senior players, including Jorginho, they certainly seem to be in a strong position to offer a deal that both Burnley and Pope would struggle to turn down.
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