Chelsea fast track Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan to top of summer transfer wishlist

Chelsea are reportedly set to prioritise a move for Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan as they look for Kepa Arrizabalaga’s replacement.

Frank Lampard has been left unimpressed by the Spain international’s performances.

Kepa, 25, has delivered some dismal displays, especially in recent weeks.

And that culminated in the £72m shot-stopper being dropped from the starting XI at Leicester last week.

Experienced back-up Willy Caballero got a rare start in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea’s top-four rivals.

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It remains to be seen if Chelsea’s record signing will come straight back into the side, with the Blues’ next game not until Monday, February 17 when they host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge (8pm).

No keeper let alone any other signing was brought in by Chelsea during the January transfer window, but they are already looking ahead to the summer.

Lille’s Maignan has caught the club’s attention and according to Eurosport reporter Manu Lonjon, he has become Chelsea’s priority target for next season.

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The Blues are said to have been tracking the 24-year-old Frenchman for several months.

And it certainly raises further question marks over the future of ex-Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa.

Maignan, meanwhile, has huge potential and is highly rated in Ligue 1.

Kepa has vowed to fight for place at Chelsea after being dropped

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He represented France at every youth level and is now awaiting his first full cap.

Lille will be reluctant to lose him, given they sit fourth in the table and have realistic hopes of Champions League qualification themselves.

They paid PSG less than £1m to sign Maignan in 2015 and they would make a healthy profit this summer if they did sell.


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