In one of the more surprising transfer rumours you’ll see this year, Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Manuel Neuer to replace subpar Kepa Arrizabalaga.
One of the worst transfers in football history, yes, football history, was Chelsea’s £72 million deal to bring Kepa Arrizabalaga to Stamford Bridge from Athletic Bilbao. The size of the fee, a world record for a goalkeeper, paired with the Spaniard’s subpar form throughout his Chelsea tenure, is the reason why the deal will go down as one of the worst ever.
Less than 2 years after he joined the club, the Blues are already looking to replace Kepa, especially after Frank Lampard notably dropped him in favour of Willy Caballero before the COVID-19 football postponement. The man Chelsea have their eyes set on to replace Kepa? Well, it’s one of the greatest goalkeepers in football history – Manuel Neuer.
According to SPORT BILD, Chelsea will look to sell Kepa this summer in order to fund a move for Bayern Munich #1 Manuel Neuer. Neuer is well into his 30’s, but is still playing well and could realistically keep that up for a few more seasons at least.
Kepa has the worst save % in the Premier League this season, which yet again displays his incompetence between the posts. If Chelsea had a reliable #1 goalkeeper like their rivals Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs, Manchester City, and Manchester United do, they could have done even better across all competitions this season.
Manuel Neuer has delayed signing a new contract with Bayern Munich, and a potential transfer away looks more and more likely as each day passes.
Despite that, it’s still an odd transfer to think about. You’d think Chelsea would be far more interested in a younger goalkeeper that they could build around for years to come, and you’d also think that Neuer would prefer to stay with Bayern Munich. But then again, Edwin van der Sar signed for Manchester United when he was 34, in a wildly successful transfer!
Football is strange like that though, you never know what twist will come next. Of course, this deal still relies on the Blues selling Kepa Arrizabalaga – which will be no easy feat…