Chelsea working on transfer of La Liga stopper to replace £71m man

Chelsea have reportedly made a bid for Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to replace the Spain international Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The Blues paid a world record £71.6million sum to sign the Spaniard from Athletic Bilbao back in 2018 – but he has failed to live up to his billing.

According to Spanish outlet Cadena Ser, the west Londoners have made a move to sign Ter Stegen but the Blues are set to face a fight from a number of “major European clubs” who have put proposals on the table.

Bayern Munich are also believed to be chasing the highly-rated German stopper, whose deal expires in 2022. He has kept 14 clean sheets in 36 Premier League appearances.

SunSport exclusively revealed that Arrizabalga fears he has played his last game in Blue and he expects the 38-year-old Willy Caballero to get the nod over him in Saturday’s FA Cup final versus Arsenal.

The troubled stopper was axed for the Chelsea’s final Premier League game against Wolves last Sunday and Willy kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 win.

It was seen as punishment for the five goals Kepa conceded four days earlier when the Blues lost 5-3 at champs Liverpool. The Blues conceded 54 goals this season – the most of any top-half club.

Alarming stats recently revealed that Arrizabalaga has conceded 11 top-flight goals more than the “average” goalkeeper is expected to concede.

This worrying figure is the worst total of any shot-stopper in the top-flight and the Spaniard has conceded 8% of Chelsea’s all-time PL goals and he has only been there for two campaigns.