Real Madrid move for Kepa Arrizabalaga ‘opens door’ for Chelsea’s Barcelona raid

Real Madrid are considering a move for Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer – which could open the door for the Blues to sign Barcelona ace Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

Reports suggest Frank Lampard is on the hunt for a new shot-stopper at Stamford Bridge after watching Arrizabalaga make a number of costly mistakes this season.

Lampard has instead opted for Willy Caballero in between the sticks of late amid the £71m Spaniard’s dip in form, which spells bad news for his long-term future at the club.

And according to the Daily Express , the Blues have identified Ter Stegen as a potential replacement for Arrizabalaga in the summer transfer window.

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It is believed Lampard is ready to axe the 25-year-old at the end of the season, despite Chelsea forking out a club-record fee to prise him away from Athletic Bilbao just 19 months ago.

Madrid could offer Arrizabalaga a way out of west London, with Zinedine Zidane and co weighing up a potential bid for the player.

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That would allow the Blues to go after Ter Stegen, who is reportedly mulling over his future at the Nou Camp having fallen out with Lionel Messi .

The German has made 224 appearances for Barca since completing a £10m move from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2014, winning four La Liga title and the Champions League.

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But certain reports claim he fails to see eye-to-eye with club legend Messi, who wants to see him replaced this summer.

Starsport also understands Manchester United star Dean Henderson, who has spent the 2019/20 campaign out on loan at Sheffield United , is on Lampard’s radar ahead of the summer window.

Henderson, 22, has played a crucial part in the Blades’ astonishing success so far this term.

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With 10 games remaining, Chris Wilder’s men currently occupy sixth place, sitting just two points adrift of the top four.

And on-loan United youngster Henderson has recorded 10 clean sheets this season, which is the joint-second highest return in the Premier League.

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