Nick Pope Linked With £50M Move to Stamford Bridge
According to reports in the national newspapers, Chelsea Football Club are interested in signing Burnley & England International goalkeeper Nick Pope as they step up the search for a new first choice keeper.
Frank Lampard sees the Clarets goalkeeper as the perfect replacement for Spanish stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Having just missed out on the Golden Glove this season, Nick Pope is seen as the world-class replacement after keeping 15 clean sheets in the Premier League last season. However after being capped twice by Gareth Southgate and still with three years left on his contract he will not come cheap.
However, an offer of around £50m could be sufficient to force Sean Dyche’s men to consider selling their prize asset to the Londoners. Nick Pope is thought to be keen on a move to one of the elite English clubs at this stage of his career, as he attempts to establish himself as the country’s number one keeper.
With the delayed Euro 2020 finals now taking place next summer and then the World Cup following 18 months later he is determined to launch a serious challenge to take that position from Jordan Pickford who has remained Southgate’s regular in goal since the World Cup finals in 2018 despite some inconsistent displays at club level.
Many pundits now believe Pope a better pick for England and certainly, playing regular Champions League football with the Blues next season would be a massive boost to his credentials. The ex-Charlton man, whose current Clarets contract runs until June 2023 was a late developer after spending several seasons on loan in the lower leagues But in the last 18 months, he has become a pillar at the back for Burnley with his commanding performances.