Chelsea leading race to sign 24-year-old Super Lig goalkeeper

Ugurcan Cakir is the subject of interest from Chelsea and Liverpool over a potential move in the summer transfer window. Trabzonspor shot-stopper is ready to be observed by the PL duo in addition to several others during Turkey’s tie in the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers with Norway.

Turkey international has been a part of Trabzonspor since he joined their academy in 2012 and broke into their first-team setup in 2014. However, it was not until the 2018/19 campaign that Cakir finally managed to establish himself as the first-choice shot-stopper for the Turkish club.

In fine touch this campaign, Ugurcan has kept 10 clean sheets in 29 games, conceding only 30 goals. Most recently, the 24-year-old goalkeeper was in impressive form for Turkey, as Netherlands slumped to a shock 4-2 loss in the opening fixture of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers in Europe.

The Turkish goalkeeper’s progress seems to have been duly noted as well, and it looks like several teams, including Chelsea and Liverpool, will have their scouts in attendance when Turkey take on Norway in their next match.

The interest from the Blues is not surprising, considering Kepa Arrizabalaga is facing an uncertain future at London club. In addition, there have been suggestions that Edouard Mendy is not proving to be too convincing, which is why there have been links with shot-stopper like Gianluigi Donnarumma and Jan Oblak.

To that end, someone like Ugurcan, who ought to have his best years ahead of him, is a viable target for Chelsea. As for Liverpool, a possible pursuit of Cakir is somewhat perplexing, seeing as Alisson Becker is firmly established as the PL champions’ first-choice shot-stopper.