Chelsea’s reported pursuit of Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha is seemingly up in the air owing to his personal demands. The Blues are reportedly keen on signing the Albania international as a backup to Edouard Mendy.
However, the 27-year-old is said to be demanding high wages that could put potential suitors off.
Strakosha will be out of contract in the Italian capital at the end of June. He has just a few days left on his current deal with the Biancolesti and will be keen to find a new club before the start of the new season.
Newcastle United were linked with the goalkeeper and wanted to sign a pre-contract agreement with him last year. However, they could not agree terms with Strakosha and have recently agreed a deal to sign Nick Pope from Burnley.
Fulham have also emerged as candidates for his signature, with the newly-promoted side keen to augment their goalkeeping department. Strakosha came through the Lazio academy before making his first-team debut in 2014.
He has since made 208 appearances in all competitions for the capital side. However, his involvement has reduced in recent seasons, with Pepe Reina sometimes preferred between the sticks.
Chelsea’s interest in Thomas Strakosha could suggest that Kepa’s time at the club is over
Kepa is an established international and the most expensive goalkeeper in history. He is unlikely to be comfortable spending his peak years on the bench.
The 27-year-old can still command a sizable fee in the market, even though the Blues are likely to accept a loss on the €80 million they paid to sign him.
Chelsea are reportedly ready to listen to offers for Kepa and their interest in Strakosha suggests that they are searching for alternative backup options.
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