Chelsea have made Lille shot-stopper Mike Maignan their ‘priority’ signing for the upcoming summer transfer market, as Frank Lampard loses patience with struggling keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Lampard made his feelings clear over the displays of the Spaniard by dropping him for their most recent PL clash with Leicester, with veteran Willy Caballero taking his place in the starting XI.
The 25-year-old cost Chelsea £72 million back in the summer of 2018 and, while Kepa performed well in his first campaign, his form has dropped drastically for the current season with a string of high-profile errors costing Chelsea on numerous occasions.
Furthermore, he has conceded 32 goals in 24 league games, keeping just five clean sheets during that time.
Adamant in his view on the star, Lampard looks set to clash with club chiefs who are not as keen on replacing the player, meanwhile, other reports suggest former side Athletic Club are monitoring the current situation should anything occur during the summer.
The likes of Nick Pope and Dean Henderson have been linked with a transfer to Stamford Bridge, but the latest gossip from France claims that Chelsea have their sights set on Les Dogues’ Maignan.
Eurosport’s Manu Lonjon claims that Chelsea have ‘supervised him for many months’, and that the Frenchman is the Blues’ ‘priority for this summer’.
Maignan has been in fine form for his side this season, conceding just 25 goals as the club sit fourth in Ligue 1.
He’s been with the club since 2015, breaking into the senior-team fold at the beginning of the 2017/18 term, and remaining as the Hauts-de-France outfit’s undisputed number one ever since.