Chelsea could make a move for Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, reporter Simon Phillips has now told GIVEMESPORT.
Graham Potter’s side are said to be on the lookout for a new goalkeeper, with Sanchez emerging as one of the potential options, according to Phillips.
Chelsea transfer news – Robert Sanchez
As demonstrated in recent weeks after several mistakes by Kepa Arrizabalaga, goalkeeper remains a problematic position for Chelsea.
Having seemingly solved his goalkeeping conundrum with the signing of Edouard Mendy in September 2020, the Senegalese striker has fallen out of favor under new boss Potter, with Kepa the trusted man between the sticks.
However, in a new report from The Evening Standardit looks like one of Kepa or Mendy could be sold in the summer window to make way for a new goalkeeper.
Mendy, the Evening Standard report says, is very likely to be let go, having turned down the chance to extend his contract at Stamford Bridge.
According to the report, it is suggested that Brentford’s David Raya has been identified as a potential replacement for Mendy, with the Spanish goalkeeper also attracting interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.
However, there are rumors that Raya Sanchez’s compatriot, who is rumored to be available for £50m, could also be on Chelsea’s list of targets.
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What has Simon Phillips said about Sanchez at Chelsea?
Speaking in an interview with GMS, Phillips hinted that the Brighton stopper will be an option for Chelsea heading into the summer window.
On the goalkeeper situation at Chelsea, Phillips said: “David Raya is definitely not the only one. There are probably a handful of goalkeepers on the shortlist who could come in.
“At the top of the list is Brighton’s Robert Sanchez as well. He’s another one that Chelsea are looking at more closely.”
Would Sánchez be worth signing for Chelsea?
Having been at Brighton since 2018, Sanchez has made over 80 appearances for the Seagulls and was part of the squad that helped establish the south coast side in the top flight.
Sanchez, who earns £25,000-a-week at Brighton, has more than two years left on his contract, meaning Brighton would be in a strong negotiating position.
That said, it’s clear why Chelsea are interested in Sanchez, as the 25-year-old finished in the top six for clean sheets in the Premier League last season (Premier League).
In addition, Sanchez, who has a frame of 6ft 6in, has proven to be a dominant figure in the penalty area, with FBRef placing him in the top five percent for claimed crossings.
However, compared to his compatriot Raya, the Brighton goalkeeper has fewer saves in the league this season, with his compatriot boasting almost double the number that Sanchez has managed (Premier League).
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