Frank Lampard’s desire to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga as Chelsea’s number one has been something of an open secret for several months.
The Blues boss even chose to start 38-year-old Willy Caballero in crucial games towards the end of last season – including an FA Cup Final defeat to Arsenal – and continued rumours linking the club with high-profile goalkeepers suggests it is only a matter of time until the Spaniard is moved on, either temporarily or on loan.
Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak and Ajax stopper Andre Onana present two elite-level options Lampard could pursue this summer. Yet both Atletico and Ajax hold relatively strong positions as they do not need to sell.
However, interest in Dean Henderson raises interesting questions about the type of goalkeeper that the Blues are looking to sign.
The Manchester Evening News reported earlier this summer that Chelsea are willing to more than double Henderson’s wages at Old Trafford to bring him to Stamford Bridge.
While there hasn’t been any great progress in terms of a deal being struck between the two clubs, Sheffield United’s accepted bid of £18.5million for Bournemouth No..1 Aaron Ramsdale suggests Henderson won’t be extending his loan stay at Bramall Lane into a third season.
The 23-year-old performed well last term for Sheffield United as the Blades continued their rise under Chris Wilder, who has taken the club from League One to the Premier League.
Henderson’s performances between the sticks stood out and reports have suggested he isn’t willing to play second fiddle to David de Gea at Old Trafford.
While it is admirable to see him wanting first-team football, Stamford Bridge probably wouldn’t be the best fit for him or the Blues.
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