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Crystal Palace: Lampard interested in Vicente Guaita to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga

According to The Mirror, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is looking to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga, and has Burnley’s Nick Pope and Crystal Palace’s Vicente Guaita at the top of his wishlist.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Blues paid a world-record fee for a goalkeeper when they captured the Spain international from Athletic Bilbao, parting with £71m to bring the glovesman to Stamford Bridge.

However, The Mirror reveal that Lampard is keen to offload the 25-year-old, who was dropped for Chelsea’s last outing against Leicester in preference of Willy Caballero.

One of his targets – Pope – has kept a Premier League-high nine clean sheets, whereas Guaita has amassed six shutouts.

Testament to Dougie Freedman’s scouting

If the Europa League champions being interested in Guaita isn’t enough to show just how well he is performing, another piece of transfer news relating to the former Getafe shot-stopper surely would be.

Spanish outlet AS stated just before Christmas that Manchester City – back-to-back Premier League champions – were also interested in signing the 33-year-old after his performances caught their eye.

Now, if this isn’t a testament to Dougie Freedman’s scouting ability, I’m not sure what is.

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The Crystal Palace Sporting Director managed to locate the glovesman in La Liga while he was playing for Getafe, before snapping him up on a pre-contract agreement in February 2018 which would see Guaita arrived for free in the following summer – what an excellent piece of business that was.

While his performances this season alone have been enough to prove how well Freedman did to discover, and sign, the goalkeeper, two of England and arguably Europe’s biggest clubs showing an interest in the Spaniard is telling and only emphasises just how well the Scotsman did in securing Guaita’s services.

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