Chelsea considering surprise move for Ben Foster as Kepa Arrizabalaga replacement after Watford relegation
Frank Lampard has lost faith in the club’s record signing and wants a new shot-stopper
Chelsea are preparing a surprise raid on recently relegated Watford, with the Blues reportedly considering Ben Foster as a bargain replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The west London club’s record signing has endured a difficult campaign, making a number of errors before being dropped for the final three games of the season in favour of veteran Willy Caballero.
Frank Lampard is believed to have lost faith in Kepa completely and wants to bring in a new number one, with the likes of Jan Oblak and Andre Onana linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.Foster could be a cheap stopgap as Chelsea spend big on attackers
However, Chelsea will struggle to spend big on a new goalkeeper given they are working on mammoth deals for Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell – especially with no suitors for Kepa to raise funds.
Now The Sun report that Chelsea are considering signing Foster as a cheaper alternative instead following Watford’s relegation to the Championship.
The 37-year-old has a wealth of experience and would compete with Caballero for the starting role, with Kepa shipped out on loan back to La Liga.More: Chelsea FC
But Chelsea face plenty of competition for Foster, with a number of clubs keeping tabs on the former England international including Everton.
Lampard is also weighing up a move to bring in Joe Hart, who he played with at Manchester City, though the 33-year-old would most likely be a third-choice backup option.Hart only made three appearances in the Cups for Burnley last season (Picture: Getty)
While Lampard’s preference would be to sign a superstar keeper, Chelsea are set to spend £75million on Havertz and £60m on Chilwell – on top of deals for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner – meaning they are running out of funds for a keeper and centre-back.
Lampard would be prepared to get by with Foster in the short term if it means he can secure his top targets elsewhere, with a move for a new long-term number one coming at a later date.
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