Chelsea could turn to Atletico if they fail with ‘impossible’ transfer

Joe Williams
Marc-Andre ter Stegen Barcelona Chelsea

Chelsea are targeting a deal for Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga, according to reports in Spain.

The Spain international was dropped midway through the season after a number of costly mistakes, with Willy Caballero filling in.

Kepa showed an upturn in form on his return to the team before the Premier League was halted, but since the restart his form seems to have dipped again and there have been question marks over his future at Stamford Bridge.


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Chelsea already have Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner joining this summer, while Kai Havertz seems closer to a move every day and Mundo Deportivo claim they are now looking to add a goalkeeper.

There have been rumours they could look to make a move for Man Utd goalkeeper Dean Henderson – who has spent the season on loan at Sheffield United – but the Spanish publication reckon they want to land Ter Stegen as part of their ‘major refurbishment’.

Chelsea have ‘set their sights’ on the Barcelona stopper – with the west London side ‘aware of the difficulty of their recruitment’ – but Mundo Deportivo call it the ‘impossible dream’.


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Barca are looking to extend the Germany international’s contract but Chelsea could offer Kepa in part-exchange to tempt the La Liga side to sell.

The La Liga side’s stance is clear that Ter Stegen is ‘not transferable’ and ‘his renewal is one of the priorities of the board’.

The Blues are ‘aware of the impossibility’ of a deal and could look to buy Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak instead – which would not be ‘easy either’ – if they keep hitting a brick wall over Ter Stegen.

 

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