Chelsea want to have genuine competition for their No 1 spot next season like Manchester United, according to transfer expert Ian McGarry. United are set to welcome Dean Henderson back from his loan at Sheffield United at the end of the season, with the 23-year-old set to compete with David de Gea for the starting spot at Old Trafford.
Chelsea want to have the same luxury but will instead have to sign a goalkeeper to compete with Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Kepa and De Gea have received criticism for their performances but McGarry says both clubs believe it is unlikely they will be able to sell their respective keeper.
Therefore the two Premier League giants want a rival for the No 1 spot.
Chelsea have identified Lille’s Mike Maignan and Ajax’s Andre Onana as possible targets.
Frenchman Maignan, 25, has been at Lille since 2015 and Onana, 24, has established himself as one of Europe’s top stoppers at Ajax.
McGarry says the Stamford Bridge club want to sign one of the two goalkeepers in the next window.
“The thinking at Chelsea, my understanding is that they have decided, or at least they have agreed, that it is going to be very difficult to dispose of Kepa permanently due to not just trying to recoup some of the excess of £70m they paid for him but also his very high wages, he is one of the highest earners currently at the club,” McGarry said on the Transfer Window podcast.
“So instead they feel as if they’re in a sort of David de Gea-type catch 22 that Manchester United find themselves in.
“Manchester United of course have the advantage of being able to recall Dean Henderson from Sheffield United and put pressure on De Gea.
“Chelsea have decided to probably go down the same route as United but they will have to recruit from outside.
“Mike Maignan, the Lille goalkeeper, is someone that they are interested in, as well as the Ajax keeper Onana.
“It looks like they are going to pursue one of those to sign this summer in order to put pressure on Kepa with the idea that ‘well, either you up your game or you’re replaced in goal and you sit on the bench.
“Now, it’s quite a high-risk strategy when you talk about a player who’s earning just under £200,000 a week but if that’s what it takes, then that’s what Chelsea are prepared to do.”