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Forget Gulacsi: Chelsea should scout £14.4m-rated goalkeeper if they are forced to sell Courtois

The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern aren’t sure about rumours linking the Blues with a move for RB Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi. ESPN are reporting that Chelsea are looking at him as a potential Thibaut Courtois replacement – with the Blues drawing up contingency plans in case he decides to quit Stamford Bridge.

Certainly, it makes sense for Chelsea to consider alternatives, but our landlord isn’t sure that Gulacsi is what the Blues need. Instead, he thinks that a move for Alisson, who is rated at £14.4 million by Transfer Markt, makes much more sense.

Thibaut Courtois is up there with some of Europe’s best goalkeepers. Alongside Manuel Neuer and David De Gea, Courtois is arguably next in the list – and so if he leaves, there will be a huge gulf in the Blues’ squad that needs filling. Simply put, Gulacsi doesn’t fit that hole. He isn’t good enough.

Alisson, on the other hand, absolutely is.

Currently playing for Roma, the Brazilian has emerged as one of the most impressive shot-stoppers in Europe, and he’s arguably Italy’s finest at present. He’s played a key role for a Roma team that has looked good this season, notably beating Chelsea in the Champions League along the way.

Standing at a towering 6ft2, the Brazilian is a real force from set pieces and is very comfortable in the air, but he’s equally solid with the ball at his feet. That’s important given that the Blues often like to play from the back.

At 25-years-old, he’s also young enough to still be a long-term option for Chelsea. They need stability between the sticks, and he’d certainly provide that.

Rom would, undoubtedly, demand far beyond his market value for Chelsea to bring Alisson to Stamford Bridge, but he’d be worth every penny. Chelsea can’t keep bringing in average players. If they want to return to the top, they must target the very best – and Alisson is certainly of that quality.

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