Chelsea are reportedly keen on signing Liverpool target Ugurcan Cakir as a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga as he failed to fulfil the expectations that made Chelsea paid a record deal to sign him in summer 2018
The world’s most expensive keeper has lost his place to 38-year-old Willy Caballero in recent weeks and boss Frank Lampard is considering recommending the Blues sign a new No 1.
According to reports in Turkey, Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir is on Chelsea’s radar as they begin to asses their options amid Kepa’s poor run of form this season.
Dailysportsok claims that former Chelsea midfielder Eddie Newton, who is now assistant manager at Trabzonspor after leaving his role as one of the back room staff at Chelsea last month, has been ‘constantly’ passing information back to the club and has sent rave reviews about Cakir.
The 23-year-old keeper has caught the eye this season and played a key role in Trabzonspor’s title charge with the Turkish side currently second and just one point behind leaders Istanbul Basaksehir.
The report also claims that Chelsea identified Cakir as a potential target after his brilliant performance in Trabzonspor’s first leg semi-final victory over Fenerbache in the Turkish Cup earlier this week
The Turkish international have attracted other European teams as Jurgen Kloop’s Liverpool line up summer move for the 23years old.
It is not yet clear how much Cakir would cost but previous reports suggest that a fee in the region of £18 to £20million could be enough to secure his services
Trabzonspor are already bracing themselves for numerous offers in the summer with other Premier League clubs expected to bid for Cakir, as it stands his asking price will rise when the transfer window opens as top teams are set to battle it out for the young star