Chelsea are keeping a close eye on Thomas Strakosha as they consider competing with Fulham for the former Lazio shot stopper.
The 27-year-old Albanian goalkeeper’s contract is expiring with the Biancocelesti at the end of this month and his departure is already certain, pushing him to find a new home this summer. Strakosha’s entourage has been in talks with Fulham for a while now and a deal seemed all but certain, but things have fallen suspiciously quiet in recent weeks.
As reported by TuttoMercatoWeb, Chelsea have emerged as suitors for Strakosha, but their interest is dependant on one key condition: the future of Kepa Arrizabalaga. Should the Spaniard depart, the West London side would be keen to compete with Fulham and pick up the Albanian shot stopper.
It also remains to be seen if the 27-year-old would be willing to play backup to Edouard Mendy, although the concept of joining a European giant like Chelsea would likely prove convincing enough.
Strakosha joined Lazio in the summer of 2012 as a teenager and made 208 appearances for the club across all competitions. In that time, he conceded 247 goals and kept 62 clean sheets, being a core part of the team that won two Coppa Italia and two Supercoppa Italiana titles.