Chelsea are stepping up their efforts to land Burnley keeper Nick Pope.
Blues boss Frank Lampard appears to have lost all faith in Spanish stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga – and is on the hunt for a world-class replacement between the posts.
And he sees Pope, 28, who just missed out on the Golden Glove this season after keeping 15 clean Premier League sheets in the – one less than Manchester City’s Ederson – as the best choice.
The England keeper, capped twice by Gareth Southgate, still has three years left on his contract with Burnley and will not come cheap.
But any offer of around £50m could be sufficient to force Sean Dyche’s men to consider selling their prize asset to the Londoners.
Pope is thought to be keen on a move to one of the elite English clubs at this stage of his career as he attempts to establish himself as the country’s number one stopper.
Nick Pope of Burnley has made his name as a Premier League regular in the last two seasons
With the delayed Euro 2020 finals now taking place next summer – and then the World Cup following 18 months later – he is determined to launch a serious challenge to take that position from Jordan Pickford.
Everton keeper Pickford has remained Southgate’s regular in goal since the World Cup finals in 2018 despite some inconsistent displays at club level.
Many pundits now believe Pope a better pick for England and, certainly, playing regular Champions League football with the Blues next season would be a massive boost to his credentials.
Kepa Arrizabalaga has no future at Chelsea
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