Chelsea linked the player’s possible transfer in limbo as his personal terms ‘prove to be an issue’

Chelsea’s reported chase of Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha appears to be up in the air because of his personal demands. The Blues are reportedly excited to sign the Albanian international as a backup to Edouard Mendy.

However, the 27-year-old is said to demand high wages that could deter would-be suitors.

Strakosha’s contract expires at the end of June in the Italian capital. He only has a few days left from his current deal with the Biancolesti and would like to find a new club before the start of the new season.

Newcastle United have been linked with the goalkeeper and wanted to sign a pre-contract with him last year. However, they couldn’t agree with Strakosha and recently struck a deal to sign Burnley’s Nick Pope.

Fulham have also emerged as candidates for his signature, with the newly promoted squad eager to expand their goalkeeping division. Strakosha attended Lazio’s academy before making his first-team debut in 2014.

Since then, he has made 208 appearances in all competitions for the capital. His involvement has declined in recent seasons, however, with Pepe Reina sometimes being preferred between the sticks.

Chelsea’s interest in Thomas Strakosha could indicate Kepa’s time at the club is over

Kepa struggles at Stamford Bridge
Kepa struggles at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea broke the bench to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao in 2018. The Spain international became the most expensive goalkeeper in history and was expected to be Petr Cech’s long-term replacement.

However, a shaky start to his Stamford Bridge career cast doubts on his abilities and the Blues sought a new goalkeeper just two years later.

The arrival of Edouard Mendy from Rennes has helped bring stability to the goal and the Senegalese international is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

This puts Chelsea in the unique position of having two high profile goalkeepers on their books.

Thomas Strakosha’s is now attracting interest, available on free transfer. Chelsea consider him one of the options, but only if Kepa leaves the club this summer #CFCGabriel Slonina, other deal – he would be one for the future, on loan from Chicago Fire.

Kepa is an established international and the most expensive goalkeeper in history. He is unlikely to spend his peak years on the bench.

The 27-year-old can still command a hefty fee from the market, even though the Blues are likely to accept a loss on the €80million they paid to sign him.

Chelsea are reportedly ready to listen to offers for Kepa and their interest in Strakosha suggests they are looking for alternative backup options.

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Edited by Arjun Panchadar

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