Chelsea are apparently willing to be patient in their pursuit of Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
The Blues made huge changes in their goalkeeping department over the summer, as long-serving stoppers Kepa Arrizabalaga and Edouard Mendy both left the club.
During the final month of the previous transfer window, Brighton & Hove Albion’s Robert Sanchez and New England Revolution’s Djordje Petrovic were brought in as their replacements.
As a result, Sanchez is the indisputable number one, with Petrovic still to make his debut, and American teenager Gabriel Slonina anticipated to push for a spot in the senior squad in the future.
Nonetheless, Chelsea’s long-term goalkeeping alternatives, particularly the role as first choice, are not fixed in stone.
While Sanchez has made 13 starts across all competitions since signing a seven-year contract, the Spaniard has not always looked convincing in goal.
This has fueled rumors that Chelsea is still looking for a new face, and Ramsdale’s situation at Arsenal has put them on high alert.
Chelsea are willing to bide their time in the hunt to sign the England international, according to talkSPORT’s Alex Crook.
Despite the high-profile recruitment of David Raya from Brentford, Ramsdale remained considered as the number one at the Emirates Stadium until September.
However, after returning from the international break, the 25-year-old has only made two appearances in the EFL Cup, with the Gunners having now exited the competition.
As things stand, Mikel Arteta hasn’t said when Ramsdale will be called up again, although the former Bournemouth and Sheffield United man is unlikely to leave North London very soon.
However, with a contract until the end of 2026, Chelsea are thought to be prepared to keep a close eye on Ramsdale, whom they appear to envisage as a future first-round pick ahead of Sanchez.
Although it has been reported that Chelsea are willing to offer around £50 million for Ramsdale, it is uncertain whether Arsenal would consider any proposals until the player indicated a desire to depart next summer.