UCL giants want to keep 28-year-old shot-stopper amid Chelsea interest
The London giants have no opportunity of signing Marc-Andre ter Stegen this summer with Barcelona regarding the shot-stopper as one of few footballers who are ‘non-transferable’, according to reports in Spain.
Lampard has become concerned by the displays of club-record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga even briefly dropping him earlier this campaign and is looking to bring in a new shot-stopper. Chelsea have been strongly linked with Jan Oblak, though he will likely cost in excess of £100m, while they also have their eye on Germany international.
Ideally, Frank wants an elite, world-class shot-stopper and Blues had hoped they might be able to tempt either the Blaugrana or Atletico Madrid into selling their prized goalkeepers by including Kepa in a player-plus-cash deal.
Blaugrana have received no contact from Blues and have zero intention of letting him leave anyway. Marc-Andre has been outstanding for the Catalan giants in recent campaigns and is considered one of few players for whom no offers will even be considered, with the Spanish club absolutely refusing to even contemplate letting him leave.
In fact, Barcelona want to extend the German goalkeeper’s deal, which currently expires in 2022, and are in talks over a lucrative new contract. With Atletico also playing hardball over Jan, Blues could be forced into a re-think over the goalkeeping conundrum and may shelve plans to sign a big-money, top-of-the-line goalkeeper.
Instead, it has been suggested that Kepa will be kept on at the club and given the chance to battle another keeper for the No.1 spot, with the hope that the added pressure and challenge could get the best out of him.