The rumour mill has been linking Kepa Arrizabalaga with a move away from Chelsea for some time now; reports that have intensified further after the Spaniard was once again dropped to the bench in favour of 38-year-old Willy Caballero ahead of the Blues’ Premier League fixture with Man United.
The Spaniard joined the Blues during the summer of 2018 for a world-record £71.6 million and it is safe to say that he has so far failed to live up to expectations. Whilst he has shown flashes of brilliance, he has proven to be error-prone and not near the quality of his predecessors Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech.
Kepa was dropped for Chelsea’s recent 2-2 draw with Leicester and replaced by veteran Willy Caballero. At 38 years of age, Caballero is nearing the end of his career and cannot really be considered a long-term first-choice goalkeeper if Kepa departs. Although the Blues are the 19/20 favourites in the 888 premier league odds to defeat a struggling United side, Lampard will surely be looking to strengthen with the future in mind.
The following are two shot-stoppers that Lampard should consider moving for.
1. Andre Onana
The Cameroon international was one of the stars of the Ajax Amsterdam side which reached the semi-final of the Champions League and won the Eredivisie last season. The 23-year-old has good reflexes and plenty of experience at the highest level, having already made more than 100 Eredivisie appearances for his current club.
Onana will not come cheap as he is contracted to Ajax until the summer of 2022 but he is certainly very capable of succeeding Kepa.
2. Gianluigi Donnarumma
With more than 150 Serie A appearances to his name, it is hard to believe that Donnarumma is still only 20 years old. Most players his age who are his age and playing for high-profile clubs are on the fringes and only have a handful of appearances to their names.
Widely touted as the future Gianluigi Buffon, Donnarumma also boasts 16 caps for the Italian national team to his name. With Milan not being the force that they once were, Donnarumma may be tempted to undertake a new challenge in order to experience Champions League football.
He is capable of becoming the best goalkeeper in the world and would be a good investment for the Blues.