3 realistic goalkeeper options Chelsea should chase this summer

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ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 18: Potential Chelsea target and Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon celebrates the victory with the trophy following the UEFA Nations League 2022/23 final match between Croatia and Spain at De Kuip stadium on June 18, 2023 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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2. Unai Simon

Unai Simon is probably one of the most underrated goalkeepers in the world. The Athletic club keeper has fully staked his claim as the Spain No.1 ahead of David De Gea and Chelsea’s own Kepa Arrizabalaga with little debate as to whether he deserves the spot. The 26-year-old is a textbook keeper, primarily a shot stopper and thrives at encounters in the box due to his positioning and agility in anticipating shots.

Although he may not be world class with the ball at his feet, all his other strengths as a keeper make up for it. Simon is adept at saving penalties and his recent heroics saving two penalties in a shootout against Croatia helped Spain win the Nations League Final.  Another advantage of getting the Spaniard would be his reasonable price tag.

It is estimated that he could be bought for anywhere between £40 to 50 million, a competitive price considering the estimated costs of the other top tier goalkeepers available. It’s not clear whether Simon will entertain the idea of having to fight for a guaranteed No.1 spot, but he’s already beaten Kepa to the role with Spain, why not with the Blues?