Chelsea missed out on Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson after attempting to convince Thibaut Courtois to remain at Stamford Bridge, it’s claimed.
The Reds shot stopper has been a revelation since moving to Anfield in 2018.
Jurgen Klopp handed Roma a hefty £66m to secure his services, but the Brazilian has looked the real deal ever since he signed on the dotted line.
He could have been strutting his stuff in west London if things had panned out differently, though.
According to The Athletic , Chelsea were in advanced talks to bring him to the capital.
But the Blues hesitated at the crucial moment as transfer expert Marina Granovskaia tried to keep Courtois on the books.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has been a standout performer
With the Belgium international desperate for a move to Real Madrid, her plan didn’t work out.
That allowed Klopp to swoop in and get a deal done. Chelsea secured a replacement for Courtois in Kepa Arrizabalaga, but had to pay a cool £71.6m to sign him from Athletic Bilbao.
Arrizabalaga has looked shaky this season, which has led to speculation that a departure could be on the cards.
ESPN pundit Gabriele Marcotti says Chelsea should forget about replacing him with Manchester United ace Dean Henderson and focus on Ajax’s Andre Onana.
Kepa Arrizabalaga has come in for criticism this season
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“Between those two I think, first of all, let me say Kepa played the last few games including the games against Everton in the league it looks like the worst of it is over there in terms of the relationship between him and Lampard,” Marcotti told ESPN.
“I think also from Chelsea’s perspective they only give up on Kepa if the relationship with Lampard is indeed healed, and it certainly looks that way, if they have a buyer.
“They’re not going to keep him on the bench and I think it’s very hard because most top clubs aren’t looking for a…