Chelsea have ‘reached an agreement’ to sign Trabzonspor goalkeeper U?urcan Çak?r, according to reports in Turkey.
Çak?r is one of the most highly rated goalkeeper outside of Europe’s top leagues and has been capped twice by his country.
The 24-year-old was reportedly subject to a shock €24m (£21.5m) bid from Liverpool in January, while he has also been linked with Tottenham and Leicester in the past.
Now, it appears that Chelsea have become the latest Premier League side to enter the fray. According to Turkish outlet Haber 365, the Blues have agreed a deal with the talented shot shopper in the region of €33m (£29.5m).
No further details are provided in the report, meaning it should be treated with maximum caution. Saying that, it is no secret that Frank Lampard has often lost patience with the underperforming Kepa Arrizabalaga this season and the Blues could be in the market for a new goalkeeper.
The Spaniard arrived at Stamford Bridge for a world record £71m fee back in 2018 and despite some promising spells he has largely underwhelmed. A string of mistakes even saw him replaced by 38-year-old Willy Caballero earlier this season.
Çak?r is not the only keeper that the Blues have been linked with in recent times. Ajax stopper Andre Onana and Bournemouth’s Aaron Ramsdale have both mentioned as options, while tentative links to Dean Henderson have also been doing the rounds.
Whoever Chelsea choose to recruit, they will not be the only new arrival at Stamford Bridge next season. Lampard has already completed deals for Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, and the Blues are continuing to chase several other targets.
Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell is on their radar – though they will face stiff competition for the England international’s services from both Manchester clubs – and so is Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, another player wanted by many around Europe.