Chelsea are reportedly interested in making a move for Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer as a potential replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga. Arrizabalaga seems to have fallen out of favour with Frank Lampard as the Blues boss opted to give second-choice keeper, Willy Caballero a shot between the sticks.
The Spaniard returned before the Premier League was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic that has gripped the sporting world. German outlet Bild claim Chelsea are interested in a move for Neuer if they are able to sell Kepa this summer.
Neuer’s contract at Bayern expires in 2021 and has yet to come to an agreement with the club over a new deal.
Chelsea are interested in Manuel Neuer as Frank Lampard isn’t 100% satisfied with record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga. Neuer’s future at Bayern is in doubt after contract negotiations have stalled due to Neuer asking for a long contract and the overall package being too big [Bild] pic.twitter.com/8hfcCQDGHo
— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) March 26, 2020
The 33-year-old is keen to extend his stay though negotiations over a new deal have stalled with Neuer looking for longer than the Bundesliga club want to offer. Schalke’s Alexander Nubel will be joining Bayern in the summer after signing for the Bavarian giants during January, and that might leave the window open for a possible Neuer departure.
That could allow Chelsea to pounce with Blues boss Lampard opening the door to a departure for Kepa earlier this season.
Lampard said, “Every player is in control of their destiny in how they train and how they play. This is Chelsea and we’re trying to close the gap to the top, so there can be no one who is relaxed or loose, we have to push every day.
“Is he in the frame tomorrow? Yep. He’s been professional as expected, he’s trained well, kept his head down, supported the team, and the group.“I say the same every week, I get asked this every week, he’s been good.”
The world’s most expensive goalkeeper has the worst save percentage in the Premier League and has had a season to forget.