Chelsea reportedly have Kevin Trapp on their radar, amid rumours of Thibaut Courtois’s departure from Stamford Bridge this summer.
The Daily Star have speculated that Chelsea are eyeing up a move for Kevin Trapp, who has emerged as a suitable candidate to solve their goalkeeper conundrum. The Blues are facing up to the possibility of the departure of Thibaut Courtois from Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window.
The 28-year-old goalkeeper signed for PSG in 2015 from Eintracht Frankfurt and got assigned as their first-choice goalkeeper upon arriving at Parc des Princes. However, Trapp saw his role steadily reduce under Unai Emery. With Alphonse Areola usurping him, the German international bagged only 11 appearances across all competitions last season.
Trapp has thus, reportedly been looking for a move away from PSG since January, with his stature only reducing with the arrival of Gianluigi Buffon. The player’s agent also went public during the start of the year with his wishes, revealing, “If there is a chance in the winter, Kevin wants to leave Paris.” And, it looks like Chelsea could provide him the chance.
Chelsea are reportedly going through a squad overhaul after an underwhelming fifth-placed finish in the Premier League last season. Thibaut Courtois is set to be the biggest departure this summer, and is speculated to seal a move away to Real Madrid this summer.
With less than 12 months remaining on his current deal at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea might be resigned to selling Courtois. Hence, newly appointed manager Maurizio Sarri is looking for reinforcements for the squad with an appropriate replacement of the Belgian international a priority.
Previously, Chelsea had aimed to land Jordan Pickford. But they have had to cede their interest in the English international, as he is set to sign a contract extension with Everton. The Blues are also pursuing a move for Jan Oblak. But, his staggering buyout clause is a hindrance for Chelsea to sign the Slovenian international. Thus, Trapp is a cheaper and a viable target.
The report suggests that PSG might sanction an exit for the German in order to accumulate funds to sign their own targets. Hence, landing Trapp would be considerably convenient and cheaper for Chelsea, although, PSG’s asking price is still unknown.
It seems as if Chelsea have accepted defeat in their pursuit of bigger targets and might think that signing Trapp would be their best option in this window. Trapp is in the peak years of his career, and a move away to England may revive it should he go on to replace Courtois between the sticks.