Chelsea are plotting a swoop for Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.
The Blues will require a new shot-stopper in the summer because Willy Caballero is planning to depart when his contract expires at the end of the campaign.
Reports in Spain suggest Frank Lampard has already got his staff planning for next season with a challenger to under-pressure Kepa Arrizabalaga on the agenda.
Guaita’s impressive performances for the Eagles between the sticks have aroused the interest of Chelsea.
The 33-year-old Spaniard has conceded only 24 goals in 22 Premier League games this season, keeping six clean sheets in the process.
According to AS, Blues goalkeeper scout Christophe Lollichon got in touch with Guaita’s representatives to enquire about his situation and financial demands ahead of a potential transfer.
Chelsea are likely to face competition for the former Getafe and Valencia goalkeeper, however.
Manchester City are keeping tabs on his future ahead of the likely departure of Claudio Bravo in the summer.
Frank Lampard is set to freshen up his goalkeeping options
West Ham, who re-signed Darren Randolph from Middlesbrough in this transfer window, are also interested.
A new goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge could be the motivation needed to kickstart Arrizabalaga’s flagging career.
The 25-year-old became the world’s most-expensive goalkeeper when he sealed a £72m move from Athletic Bilbao in the summer of 2018.
Kepa Arrizabalaga has been in poor form for Chelsea
He has struggled to justify the price tag, however, and has saved the lowest percentage of shots by Premier League goalkeepers to have played more than 1,000 minutes this season.
Lampard has ruled out signing a new stopper before Friday’s transfer deadline but warned Arrizabalaga he must up his game.
“I am not looking at it now,” said Lampard at a press…