Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is preparing an offer of £50m for Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope.
Football pundit Jamie Carragher has supported this move by Lampard – he believes that the Blues need a better goalkeeper and an improved defensive side – urgently.
“Chelsea won’t go any further unless they change their goalkeeper,” Carragher said.
“Going back to how important goalkeepers are, I look at this Chelsea team and there’s a lot I like about it, it does remind me in a lot of ways the position Jurgen Klopp was in a couple of years ago.
“He’s done as much as he can, yes Frank’s still in his early stages but those big signings can completely transform you as a team.
It’s also out there that Chelsea is saving money for Kai Havertz, another striker to add to their attacking front. But Carragher advises Lampard to put that money in buying a defender.
“I still think Chelsea need a defender, you see how many goals they’ve conceded. I think a lot of that is down to the goalkeeper being totally honest.
“You see a lot of centre halves at Chelsea without seeing one really outstanding one, those are the areas that if they are going to challenge Liverpool and Man City they’ll have to rectify in the summer.
“They are the worst team in the league defending corners. This is a massive problem for Chelsea.
“Yes [Timo] Werner is coming in and the lad from Ajax, there is talk of Havertz as well.
“It sounds great and it gets supporters excited but it means nothing if you don’t sort out that back three and certainly that goalkeeper.”