Kepa out: Bookies price up shortlist of goalkeepers that could be en route to Chelsea

Kepa out: Bookies price up shortlist of goalkeepers that could be en route to Chelsea

The Spaniard has not impressed at Stamford Bridge…

Kepa Arrizabalaga’s tumultuous start to life in the Premier League has raised more questions than answers for Chelsea’s goalkeeper problem. 

Gone are the days of the ever-reliable Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois, with many calling for the head of the Spanish shot-stopper ahead of the new season.  

But who could Chelsea replace the record transfer keeper? We’ve taken a look at some of the potential replacements and their corresponding odds. 

Nick Pope (6/4)

Nick Pope is well in with a shout of replacing Jordan Pickford as England’s number one and a move to Chelsea would only boost his claim. 

The Blues are clear favourites in the market for Pope at 6/4, indicating a 40% chance the Burnley keeper is plying his trade at Stamford Bridge next year.  

London rivals Arsenal are next in the market at 12/1, followed by Tottenham (20/1), West Ham (20/1) and Manchester United (33/1).  

Dean Henderson (5/2)

Another individual who’s enjoyed an exemplary 2019/20 season that’s favourite to join Chelsea is Manchester United’s, Dean Henderson.

Frank Lampard’s side are available at 5/2 market leaders in the race for the English keeper, ahead of his team for last season Sheffield United (11/4).

Aston Villa are third favourites at 7/1, followed by Leeds (10/).

Jan Oblak (5/1)

 Arguably the best keeper in the world at the moment, a real statement of intent would be shown if Chelsea were to replace Kepa with Oblak.  

They’re currently favourites in the market for the Slovenian shot-stopper at 5/1, although Paddy Power is offering as short as 1/1.  

That means they’re considerably ahead of the likes of Manchester United (14/1), PSG (16/1) and Barcelona (25/1).  

Aaron Ramsdale (10/1)

This one is more unlikely, according to bookies, although Chelsea are second-favourites to sign Englishman Aaron Ramsdale.

The Blues are 10/1 favourites for the keeper, although it looks like he’ll be the next Sheffield United keeper, with the Blades 1/2 favourites.

Aston Villa again are third favourites, with Leeds (12/1), Brighton (12/1) and Southampton (16/1) following next.

What do think of Kepa?

We asked for a breakdown on Kepa’s second season in the Premier League – and the numbers don’t make for pretty reading. 

The Spaniard has the worst save success rate in Europe's top five leagues this season (53.9%) of those to have made 10+ apps. 

When you compare Kepa with Oblak – the numbers are mind-boggling. Oblak had the best save conversion rate in Europe’s top five leagues this season (78.1%), compared to Kepa having the lowest (53.9%).