Chelsea signing Burnley star Nick Pope has echoes of Liverpool’s move for Alisson in 2018.
The Stamford Bridge outfit are looking to revamp their defence after a miserly campaign at the back.
The Blues may have finished in the top four but their defence is horrendously leaky – conceding 54 times in the Premier League alone.
That is the most in the top 10 – and that blame should be shared between defenders, goalkeepers and coaches.
Kepa Arrizabalaga has already been dropped on a number of occasions throughout the campaign.
The latest came after Chelsea lost 5-3 to Liverpool, which saw the Spaniard miss the crunch clash vs Wolves as well as the FA Cup final against Arsenal.
Kepa Arrizabalaga has been heavily criticised this season
Frank Lampard has completely lost faith in the No. 1, giving 38-year-old Willy Caballero a run out instead.
It comes just two years after Chelsea splashed out £72m on the Spain international, breaking the world-record fee for a goalkeeper.
It took the record of Alisson, who had just joined Liverpool for £70m just weeks prior to the transfer.
The Brazilian has become a mainstay at Anfield since his arrival, helping transform their defence to one of the best in the world.
Starsport understands Chelsea are eyeing a £50m move for Burnley’s Pope, who has enjoyed a fine campaign in the Premier League.
Nick Pope of Burnley has made his name as a Premier League regular in the last two seasons
No one has kept more domestic clean sheets than the England international and Danny Mills reckons he could make a similar impact to Alisson at Stamford Bridge.
“I think Pope is ready to be a goalkeeper at an elite club,” he told Football Insider.
“There will always be people that question his distribution but hang on a minute, he has never been asked to play that way so we do not know if it is a massive issue or not.
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