Chelsea preparing surprise move for 27-year-old former Liverpool player

November 1, 2017

According to the ESPN, Chelsea are ready to beat Arsenal in race for former Liverpool goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

The 27-year-old shot-stopper was at Merseyside club for five years but spent most of his time out on loan and failed to make a senior appearance for Liverpool before being sold back in 2013.

Hungarian goalkeeper now plies his trade for Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, where he serves as their first-choice stopper.

As per the same sources, Arsenal and Chelsea both had scouts watching Gulacsi in action as Leipzig lost 2-0 at Bayern Munich last weekend.

Arsene Wenger’s side are hunting for a new long-term replacement for 35-year-old Petr Cech, while Antonio Conte is beginning a tentative look around the market as he’s planning for the potential loss of Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid.

Gulacsi joined Leipzig for a fee of around £2.6m two years ago.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are lining up a club-record £71m bid for Atletico Madrid midfield star Saul Niguez.

The 22-year-old versatile star has scored one goal while assisting another for Atletico Madrid this season, and Blues head coach Antonio Conte is keen to make Niguez part of his squad.

According to the Don Balon, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has no plans to let the Spaniard leave the club.

Saul Niguez renewed his contract at the Wanda Metropolitano in the summer and now has a £134m release clause, which the Spanish side expect to be enough to fend off interest from Stamford Bridge.