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Five goalkeepers Chelsea should target before splashing £20m on James Trafford

Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford
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Chelsea's goalkeeping department is set for a major overhaul in the summer transfer window.

Robert Sanchez has not been the first-choice goalkeeper many at Stamford Bridge expected him to be when he signed from Brighton and Hove Albion. Djordje Petrovic has perhaps done enough to secure his place in the squad for next season but he is crying out for some competition to either keep him on his toes or up his game.

This has led to speculation that the Blues will look to sign another goalkeeper in the summer transfer window. One name who was surprisingly linked over the weekend was James Trafford.

Burnley's summer signing from Manchester City conceded 62 goals in 28 Premier League appearances before eventually losing his place in mid-March to Arijanet Muric. According to The Sun, a fee of £20m could be submitted by the Blues for the young Englishman which is a significant fee for a player who may not improve on what they currently have.

Here at Football.london we feel there are at least five goalkeepers who are better options for Chelsea than Trafford. First up is Everton's Jordan Pickford.

The former Sunderland man has become a Marmite figure in English football but his performances on the whole have been good for the Toffees. There is also a reason why Gareth Southgate insists on picking him for England when there is a host of talented goalkeepers at his disposal.

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Liverpool's Caoimhin Kelleher is another option Chelsea may wish to consider. The Reds are heading into a period of change now Jurgen Klopp has left and this could mean a few players opting to depart.

Kelleher has had a good taste of first-team football while Alisson Becker has been injured and could look to force a move away from Anfield to gain regular minutes. The Blues could easily offer him that but this transfer would all depend on Arne Slot's resolve.

Two more candidates who will both be looking for more than just backup roles this summer are Real Madrid's Andriy Lunin and Arsenal's Aaron Ramsdale. Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga was loaned to Real as a replacement for the injured Thibaut Courtois but soon lost his place to Lunin while the Belgian was in the treatment room.

Now back in the squad, Lunin has been relegated to a reserve option again but is likely to want a move away from the Bernabeu to become No.1. The same goes for Ramsdale who has been bumped by David Raya at the Emirates Stadium.

Mikel Arteta tried to push a narrative of having two No.1s but it was clear his preference was Raya. Now, Ramsdale is likely wanting to make a switch this summer and Chelsea could offer him a home to prove the Gunners wrong.

Finally, perhaps the wildcard option of David de Gea could make more sense than a move for Trafford. The former Manchester United man sat the 2023/24 season out but has continued his training regime in the UK with a view to joining a new club.

While the Spaniard is a massive gamble, he is perhaps a safer pair of hands than Trafford at this moment.